Harvard University law professor Larry Lessig has warned that the plot to have the Electoral College block the results of the 2016 presidential election is close to success — and it has President-elect Donald Trump’s team worried enough, they’ve started to fight back.
“20 Republican Electoral College voters are considering flipping to vote against Donald Trump, more than half the number of anti-Trump votes needed to stall the president-elect from being sworn into office,” Lessig told POLITICO Tuesday.
The “Dump Trump” plot is being coordinated by a group of liberal electoral voters that call themselves the Hamilton Electors — and the group claims they’re successfully winning defectors across the board.
“The goal of the Hamilton Electors is to deny Donald Trump at least 37 electoral votes. In order to be officially appointed America’s next president when the Electoral College convened on Dec. 19, he’ll require at least 270 electoral votes; currently 306 are committed to him,” according to Salon.
Lessig is involved with the group, and is offering any “faithless electors” who will refuse to vote for Trump free legal counsel and support.
The threat has grown so serious, Trump is responding to the scheme — and Republican lawmakers are confident their efforts will ultimately prove victorious.
He’s fighting back with help from the Republican National Committee, who are “overseeing an expansive whip operation designed to lock down Donald Trump’s Electoral College majority and ensure that the 306 Republican electors cast their votes for the president-elect,” POLITICO reported.
“The state Republican parties in the states that went for Trump are heavily invested in this process,” one unnamed RNC source said. “It’s a matter of personal pride for a state party chairman and a state party to ensure that all the electors that their people elected vote, and vote in the manner in which they’re supposed to.”
A rare occurrence, “faithless electors” have only ever defected en masse once in American history — and it was racist Democrats behind the plot.
In 1836, Vice President-elect Richard M. Johnson was denied an electoral majority by 23 Democrat electors, who objected to him being in a common law marriage with a black woman. Johnson’s election was then moved to the Senate, who confirmed him as Vice President under President Martin Van Buren.
— The Horn editorial team