In the wake of Donald Trump’s historic win to the presidency on November 8, there has been no end of resistance from a bitter, undemocratic left.
We’ve covered their hypocrisy and terrible behavior in detail. Perhaps the worst attempts were to bully, manipulate and undermine the Electoral College as they went to cast their votes on December 19.
Liberals crafted petitions, made videos, and whined on social media that the GOP elector should not vote for their selected candidate. It was an obnoxious, ridiculous, and wholly impossible proposal.
The vast majority of Republicans had been supporting Trump for months. Most electors consider it their solemn duty to cast their ballot for the winner.
In the end only a fraction of electors defied their responsibilities.
According to NPR, seven electors defected from Clinton, while two defected from Trump. There are 538 electors and a majority of 270 were required to elect the next president. At final count, Trump had 304 votes and Clinton had 228, Colin Powell received 3, while Ron Paul and Faith the spotted eagle each won one vote.
The term “faithless” elector refers to members of the Electoral College who break away from their party’s pledged candidate and who refuse to vote for their state’s choice.
Since 1900, there have been nine faithless electors — and only one at a time — who voted against their party’s pledged candidate. On Monday, at least six faithless electors broke with tradition to vote against their own state’s rule of law.
RNC co-chair Sharon Day said in a statement Monday that “Trump won decisively in the Electoral College with more votes than any Republican since 1988.”
The final count: (Donald Trump needed 270 to win)
Colin Powell 3
John Kasich 1
Ron Paul 1
Faith the spotted eagle 1
— Adelle Malka Nazarian (@AdelleNaz) December 19, 2016
Each state has its own regulations on how to handle faithless electors. Some have their ballots rejected and replaced with ones for the appropriate candidate. Some have no penalties for electors that refuse to vote according to the will of the people.
The notion that the vast majority would break rank and reject Trump was a fantasy; something that the left seems more comfortable with than reality.
Any votes that defied the election results were done out of protest, not in any real effort to change the November 8 outcome.
Perhaps now those hardline liberals will wake up and get behind our next President. Perhaps not. Either way the rest of us are moving forward.