Trump Sends Stern Message To GOP Faithless Electors


President-elect Donald Trump's campaign has reportedly issued warnings to Republican members of the Electoral College that they will be politically shunned in the upcoming administration if they join in on the movement started by a group of faithless electors who hope to deny the business mogul the White House.

On Dec. 13, an elector who had requested anonymity told Salon that fellow Republican electors had received blunt warnings from the Trump campaign not to vote against him on Dec. 19, when the Electoral College ratifies the real estate developer's victory.

"We have gotten reports from multiple people that the Donald Trump campaign is putting pressure on Republican electors to vote for him based on ... future political outcomes based on whether they vote for Donald Trump or not," the anonymous source said.

The anonymous elector added that the threats were not violent "all political, basically. If Trump becomes the president, he's going to be able to put pressure on the state parties and they won't be involved anymore."

The alleged pressure from the Trump campaign would likely be in response to the Hamilton Electors, a group of faithless electors -- members of the Electoral College who plan to go against the popular votes of their state.

So far, only eight have declared themselves faithless electors, with only one of them being a Republican: retired firefighter and 9/11 first responder from Texas, Christopher Suprun, according to the Independent.

"Electors of conscience can still do the right thing for the good of the country," Suprun said of the movement to overturn enough of the Trump's electoral votes to throw a major hurdle for his election.

The aim of the Hamilton Electors is to deny the president-elect the 270 votes required to assume the White House. They would need the cooperation of 37 Republican electors to do so.

If Trump were to be denied the 270 electoral votes he needs on Dec. 19, the election would be passed to the House of Representatives. While that congressional chamber would likely vote to elect Trump anyway, the consensus pick among the Hamilton Electors would be Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.

The last time a presidential election was overturned by faithless electors and given to the House was in 1824.

On Dec. 12, following the CIA disclosure that the Russian government had worked to disrupt the 2016 presidential election with the intent to help elect Trump, 10 electors wrote a letter to National Intelligence Director James Clapper demanding members of the Electoral College be provided with an intelligence briefing before they ratify Trump's victory.

The signatories of the letter asserted that electors should know all of the possible information on the president-elect's potential ties to the Russian government, citing Trump's dismissal of the CIA disclosure, according to Politico.

"Trump's willingness to disregard conclusions made by the intelligence community and his continuing defense of Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin demand close scrutiny and deliberation from the Electoral College," the letter stated.

Sources: Independent, Politico, Salon / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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