In a New York Times op-ed, Republican presidential elector Christopher Suprun wrote that he will not vote for Trump, despite Texas voters overwhelmingly picking the billionaire businessman on November 8.
“He tweets day and night, but waited two days to offer sympathy to the Ohio State community after an attack there. He does not encourage civil discourse, but chooses to stoke fear and create outrage,” Suprun wrote.
“I owe no debt to a party,” he said. “I owe a debt to my children to leave them a nation they can trust. Fifteen years ago, I swore an oath to defend my country and Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. On Dec. 19, I will do it again,” he concluded.
Suprun is reportedly the eighth so-called “faithless elector” and the first Republican of the group.
Some states have laws intended to bind presidential electors to the voters’ choice, but Texas does not.
Meantime, a Harvard law professor is reportedly offering free legal advice to electors who wish to defy their state’s voters.
According to AP, more than 99 percent of electors have voted as pledged throughout the nation’s history.
Trump defeated Hillary Clinton 306 electoral votes to 232, so at least 36 defections would be needed.
The Independent states that Suprun is encouraging other electors to join him in refusing to vote for Trump. Writing in the New York Times, Suprun cited Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Papers, the founding documents behind the electoral college system, and insisted that “electors of conscience can still do the right thing for the good of the country”.
“I owe no debt to a party,” he said.
That may not be entirely true since he made a pledge that bound him to vote for the candidate Texas chose. Constitutionally he is not bound to vote for Trump, but political parties generally nominate people who are dedicated to the party. They trusted him and now he has his fingers crossed behind his back.
It’s all well and good for Suprun to thump his chest and it makes for a great sound bite, but his refusal to vote does nothing for the nation he’s leaving to his kids.
He is upset that Trump didn’t tweet for 2 days and he’s probably upset that his guy Kasich didn’t get the job, so he comes off sounding more like a sore loser than a patriot.
He needs to do like the rest of us and suck it up and cast his vote for Trump. And stop being a whiney-butt.