A Republican elector from Texas has publicly come out to say he cannot bring himself to vote for Donald Trump.
One Texas elector resigned his position because he couldn’t bring himself to vote for Trump, and now another––Christopher Suprun––has an op-ed in The New York Times today saying, “Now I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office.”
Suprun is alarmed by how Trump is quick to attack anyone and everyone that criticizes him, including SNL, and he makes this argument:
The United States was set up as a republic. Alexander Hamilton provided a blueprint for states’ votes. Federalist 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence. Mr. Trump shows us again and again that he does not meet these standards. Given his own public statements, it isn’t clear how the Electoral College can ignore these issues, and so it should reject him.
He said that not only does Trump lack the proper experience and demeanor we should expect of a president, but he’s a “demagogue” with concerning financial conflicts.
And Suprun actually argues that electors should go with a more sensible Republican alternative:
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. 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.
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