President-elect Donald Trump had a cautionary message for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton supporters and others who have urged members of the Electoral College to vote for somebody other than himself.
"If my many supporters acted and threatened people like those who lost the election are doing, they would be scorned & called terrible names!" Trump tweeted on Dec. 18.
Electoral voters cast their ballots for the next president of the United States on Dec. 19. Though Trump pulled out a sweeping state-by-state electoral win during the Nov. 8 general election, his status as one of the least-liked presidential nominees in polling history combined with Clinton's popular vote win of nearly 3 million more votes than Trump has made some question the American voting system, notes The Washington Post.
In the face of the controversial election, many voters have lobbied electors to cast their votes against Trump, while anti-Trump protests broke out across the nation. A group of nine Democrats and one Republican, known as the "Hamilton Electors," set out to persuade a minimum of 36 GOP voters to support an alternative candidate to Trump, which would force the Republican-dominated House of Representatives to decide the fate of the election, according to Politico.
"There's an element in the Electoral College which nobody could possibly justify these days — and that is the discretion of electors," George Edwards III, a constitutional expert at Texas A&M University, told Politico of the efforts pushed forward by the Hamilton Electors and others. "The irony is that electors exercising discretion is exactly what the Constitution and the framers envisioned. But it raises some really serious questions about the modern notion of democracy."
If they succeed in persuading a sizeable number to act as so-called "faithless electors," the Hamilton Electors could spark an effort to overhaul the Electoral College system, experts say. Nonetheless, Trump was poised to easily surpass the required 270 votes in the Dec. 19 voting tally, which will be officially announced on Jan. 6 in a special Congressional joint session, notes The Post.