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Michigan Elector Receiving Threats From Clinton Voters

| by Michael Howard

An elector in Michigan has received a flood of angry, violent emails from people who want him to change his vote from President-elect Donald Trump to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton when the Electoral College convenes to elect the president in December.

Michael Banerian, 22, is a Republic elector from Michigan -- a state narrowly won by Trump in November. On Dec. 19, it is his job to cast a vote for Trump to reflect the will of the majority of Michigan voters.

But many Clinton supporters are attempting to dissuade Banerian -- and others like him -- from doing so.

"You have people saying, 'You're a hateful bigot, I hope you die,'" Banerian told The Detroit News. "I’ve had people talk about shoving a gun in my mouth and blowing my brains out. And I've received dozens and dozens of those emails. Even the non-threatening-my-life emails are very aggressive."

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The Detroit News was able to verify two such messages. In one, the sender threatened to "put a bullet" in Banerian's mouth if he failed to change his vote to Clinton.

But the young elector says the threats have done nothing to weaken his resolve.

"Even if I could, I wouldn't be remotely interested in changing my vote," he said. "The people of Michigan spoke, and it's our job to deliver that message."

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According to Michigan law, the state's 16 electors are required to cast their ballots for the candidate who receives the majority of votes. In other words, Banerian couldn't vote for Clinton even if he wanted to.

Kenneth Crider, 51, is another Michigan elector whose inbox is flooded by people sending emails urging him to change his vote. He said the majority of those emails have been civil, and he has not received any threats of violence.

Still, he says the efforts are futile.

"I'm 100 percent behind Donald Trump," he said.

And while Banerian has not reported the abusive emails to the police, he does have a message for their authors.

"First, I would say to the people who are sending those emails, these threats, they need to stop," he told WXYZ. "I mean, frankly there is no other way to put it. I would say these people are acting un-American.  It's not American to be an engaged individual and then threaten somebody you have a difference of opinion [with]."

Sources: The Detroit News, WXYZ / Photo credit: Tim Evanson/FlickrTwitter via Daily Mail

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