If Hillary Clinton had won the election, there’d be the requisite calls by Republicans for the Electoral College to throw the race to the House of Representatives. You know, because she still has that FBI think hanging over her head, and all kinds of scandals. And the Democrats would be like “Hey, she won, accept it!”
But now that Donald Trump has won, suddenly the Electoral College is supposed to follow the national popular vote. Forget about the House of Representatives: nearly 700,000 have signed a petition on change.org urging the Electors to “Make Hillary Clinton President on December 19.”
On December 19, the Electors of the Electoral College will cast their ballots. If they all vote the way their states voted, Donald Trump will win. However, they can vote for Hillary Clinton if they choose. Even in states where that is not allowed, their vote would still be counted, they would simply pay a small fine – which we can be sure Clinton supporters will be glad to pay!
We are calling on the Electors to ignore their states’ votes and cast their ballots for Secretary Clinton. Why?
Mr. Trump is unfit to serve. His scapegoating of so many Americans, and his impulsivity, bullying, lying, admitted history of sexual assault, and utter lack of experience make him a danger to the Republic.
Secretary Clinton WON THE POPULAR VOTE and should be President.
Hillary won the popular vote. The only reason Trump “won” is because of the Electoral College.
But the Electoral College can actually give the White House to either candidate. So why not use this most undemocratic of our institutions to ensure a democratic result?
SHE WON THE POPULAR VOTE.
There is no reason Trump should be President.
“It’s the ‘People’s Will'”
No. She won the popular vote.
“Our system of government under our Constitution says he wins”
No. Our Constitution says the Electors choose.
“Too many states prohibit ‘Faithless Electors'”
24 states bind electors. If electors vote against their party, they usually pay a fine. And people get mad. But they can vote however they want and there is no legal means to stop them in most states.
Typical Democrats. They want their votes to count more than Republican votes. In fact, they want to be able to vote twice: once for the popular vote, and then again if they lose. Sounds about right.
Worse, there’s a national movement to pass, at the state level, an “Agreement among the states to elect the President by national popular vote.”
The bill has been enacted by 11 jurisdictions possessing 165 electoral votes—61% of the 270 electoral votes necessary to activate it, including four small jurisdictions (RI, VT, HI, DC), three medium- size states (MD, MA, WA), and four big states (NJ, IL, NY, CA). The bill has passed a total of 33 legislative chambers in 22 states—most recently by a bipartisan 40–16 vote in the Arizona House, a 28–18 vote in the Oklahoma Senate, a 57–4 vote in New York Senate, and a 37–21 vote in Oregon House.
This bill was up for discussion in Georgia this last legislative session. I told my state representative I opposed it, since it cedes all state sovereign authority to appoint Electors for the purpose of electing a national president to some agreement that favors bicoastal Democrats.
If this bill was ever passed by a majority of the 270 EV’s required, it would guarantee Democrats in the White House fairly well forever. This is why the Democrats like the popular vote. Trump lost the popular vote by 301,002 votes as of this writing. He was won the election with 279 EV’s. That’s how our elections for president work, by design.
Bypassing the Constitution by a series of state agreements subverts the will of the people of each state to choose their president. It favors the larger, urban states over smaller, rural states. It’s bad law and bad policy.
So Democrats would rather just overturn the election by an online petition and complain that there are too many states that prohibit “faithless electors.” If Clinton had won and Republicans called for faithless electors to dump Hillary Clinton, they’d scream up to high heaven that electors are bound to vote for the candidate who wins the populate vote in that state, and call for every state to have binding elector laws.
It’s because they are hypocrites who only agree with things that keep them in power (which, since 2009, they’ve lost at both the federal and state level, just about everywhere).
Sorry, Sour Grapes. Trump won the election. Live with it. And your petition is worthless even if 10 million people sign it. Try again in four years, with a better candidate.
(H/T: The Blaze)