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Hundreds of Thousands Sign Petition Demanding Electors Make Clinton President

A petition is making the rounds online to persuade the Electoral College to vote Hillary into office this December.

The Hill reports:

Nearly 600,000 people and counting have signed a petition calling on members of the Electoral College to vote for Hillary Clinton when they meet in December.

Petitioners argued that because Clinton is most likely to win the popular vote, electors should support her over Donald Trump when they meet Dec. 19.

While Clinton currently leads in the popular vote by about 300,000 votes, according to the AP, Trump earned the required 270 electoral votes to become president.

“Secretary Clinton WON THE POPULAR VOTE and should be President,” the petition reads.

“We are calling on the Electors to ignore their states’ votes and cast their ballots for Secretary Clinton. Why? Mr. Trump is unfit to serve. His scapegoating of so many Americans, and his impulsivity, bullying, lying, admitted history of sexual assault, and utter lack of experience make him a danger to the Republic.”

The 538 electors will meet in December to officially cast their votes for the presidential election, but traditionally, electors vote along the lines of the states they represent.

So called “faithless electors” can buck tradition and support the candidate who lost their state, but only 157 have done so in the 240 year history of the U.S., according to the nonprofit FairVote.

And nearly half of the electors who changed their votes did so because the candidate they were pledged to support died before the Electoral College met. Another 82 broke their pledge for reasons of personal preference.

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  • Maureen Mower

    I’m one of those 600k signers, and I have little doubt that the number of signatures will be in the millions within a few days.

    Donald Trump will NEVER be my President. He is unfit in every sense of the word, lacking in even the most basic knowledge of how our government works or even what rights are guaranteed by the Constitution. He is vulgar, crass, impulsive, temperamental, incapable of self-reflection, barely capable of literate speech (unless someone writes it for him), uninterested in learning all that he needs to know, and completely unprepared for the awesome responsibility of the office.

    The man has been unofficially seeking the office for at least the last 4 years, and officially for at least 18 months – yet gave no thought to who would fill his cabinet, nor did he make any real effort to educate himself on the duties and responsibilities of the office of President, and frankly has shown no interest in learning what he needs to know.

    Meanwhile, we now know that his campaign was in contact with representatives of the Russian government at the same time that Russia was tampering with our election by hacking into the opposing party’s emails (both the party and the candidate) and having Wikileaks publish the information to turn public opinion against his opponent.

    On top of this, he is a liar, a braggart, a misogynist, and has made it very clear that he is a total bigot. This includes hiring as his campaign manager a man who has readily admitted his support for the alt-right, white nationalist movement. Trump has even retweeted or shared racist and xenophobic posts from some alt-right websites and Twitter accounts.

    He has admitted (although unintentionally) to sexually assaulting women he finds attractive – with no regard to how the women in question feel about it. At this point, at least 11 women have accused him of acting on the things he said in the Access Hollywood recording… and another woman has accused him of forcing himself on her (rape) when she was 13 years old.

    In addition to all this, he is currently about to go to trial in civil court for fraud related to his now-defunct Trump University.

    Making matters even worse, along with the apparent collusion w/Russia re the DNC/Clinton hacking, Mr Trump has refused to release his taxes, using the excuse of being under audit, but will not even produce the letter that would prove such an audit is taking place. This refusal to produce his tax documents has left the American people with no idea what kind of financial obligations and entanglements he may have with a variety of foreign governments and oligarchs… or what influence that might have over his decisions and actions as President.

    For all the reasons listed above – and so many more – Donald Trump should NEVER be President, and the Electors should cast their votes for Hillary Clinton, the winner of the popular vote. Should they do this, they will not be “faithless”… they will be true American heroes and patriots.

  • Where do I sign it. If she won the vote, she earned the office.