One of the Electoral College electors, a Texas Republican, quits in protest over the election of Donald Trump
A member of the Texas Electoral College has quit in protest over Donald Trump’s election.
Although Trump has already been elected, it is the Electoral College who technically elect him, not the US population.
Art Sisneros is one of Texas’ electors. It’s his job to cast his vote as instructed by voters.
But he told Politico he was contemplating not doing so, and has now taken the decision to resign instead of backing President-elect Trump.
In a blog post Sisneros explains that his role of Elector was created as a conscious role, and as such he cannot “in good conscience vote for Donald Trump”.
He added that to cast his vote for the President-elect would “bring dishonour to God”, as “Trump is biblically not qualified”.
However, Sisneros adds that by vacating his position at this time, there will still be time for the remaining Electors to fill his position so someone… can vote for Trump .
After the election of President Barack Obama for a second term in 2012, Mr Trump tweeted his views on the Electoral College system:
The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
However, since his own electoral victory on November 8, he seems to have changed his tune slightly:
The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2016
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