It seems like each campaign season grows longer and longer. The first Republican debate in this season was held more than 14 months before Election Day. Despite the fact that election day has come and gone, Democratic operatives and supporters cannot seem to let it go.
After failed attempts at recounts and recounts that yielded only negligible changes, anti-Trump activists are attempting one last-ditch effort to keep Donald Trump out of office.
For weeks, there have been occasional reports of electors having the option of voting for someone other than their state’s selected candidate when the electoral college meets on December 19.
The trend appears to be one of trying to persuade electors to select another Republican candidate instead of Trump rather than trying to sway electors to vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The most commonly mentioned alternative is Ohio Gov. John Kasich, one of Trump’s primary season rivals.
Now a liberal public relations firm founded by environmentalist and CNN contributor Van Jones represents several Republican electors who they say plan to vote for someone other than Trump on December 19. The Washington Free Beacon reports that the most public of these electors is Chris Suprun of Texas who wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times.
“The election of the next president is not yet a done deal. Electors of conscience can still do the right thing for the good of the country,” wrote Suprun. “Presidential electors have the legal right and a constitutional duty to vote their conscience. I believe electors should unify behind a Republican alternative, an honorable and qualified man or woman such as Gov. John Kasich of Ohio. I pray my fellow electors will do their job and join with me in discovering who that person should be.”
The problem with Mr. Suprun’s assertion is that we already did that. The country engaged in a long and arduous primary season resulting in the nomination and eventual election of Donald Trump. While he may disagree with Trump and wish he had not been elected, Mr. Suprun has no right to ignore the rights and duty of other Americans who voted their conscience.
Van Jones’ firm, Megaphone Strategies, claims to have several other electors as clients. A press release from the firm asserts that there is a growing “electoral college revolt” that could lead to a Trump defeat after all.
“If Trump loses an additional 36 votes in the Electoral College,” the release says, “he will not win the Presidency, and the election would go to the U.S. House of Representatives, which has happened twice in our nation’s history.”