Texas Elector Refuses to Vote for Donald Trump on December 19

From Fox News Insider, 12-6-16:

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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.

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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.

~Kathy



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7 replies

  1. I concur that Mr. Suprun is simply out for the notoriety that his stance brings. He’s just an ordinary guy who is unlikely to distinguish himself in any other way so, as you said, he’s grabbing for his 15 minutes of fame. I’d give his position a lot more weight if he’d been a Cruz supporter, but a Kasich guy – give me a break, that tells us all we need to know about the quality of his decision-making.

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  2. >>”…stop being a whiney-butt.”

    I applaud your eloquent response, Kathy.

    I can’t help but wonder if Mr. Suprun is a Muslim, based upon the ‘Trump is a divider’ claim.

    Here’s an idea, Mr. Suprun. How about we unite behind the shared goal of returning the country to its legal American citizens and protecting her against those who want to harm us or take advantage of us? What’s wrong with that? Or we could unite behind the shared goal of ditching Obamacare (so long as we don’t replace it with something equally unconstitutional).

    I could address Suprun’s op-ed point by point but cutting to the chase – he’s a Kasich supporter. ‘Nuf said. I liked Cruz way better than Trump but Trump’s got Kasich beat by a long shot.

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    • Exactly, CW, he needs to do the job he pledged to do. One elector that quit over this has already been replaced, so it’s possible he could be replaced too, although the handful of defector votes won’t make any difference anyway.

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  3. Just another liar in the NY media.
    Trump tweeted about the OSU attack soon after it was over.

    Obama has yet to offer condolences or make any statements about it.

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    • I figured as much, Crawfish, although I didn’t look for it. Trump’s been pretty quick to respond to all the incidents that have come up during and since his campaign.

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  4. Hmmm… I wonder how he came down on the delegate uprising attempting to break from Trump to cast their delegate vote for Ted Cruz? I would only point out that there’s a huge difference in the fight at the primary level, and the vote for President. The latter could give the left a victory. That likely will not happen in this case, because even if enough electors refused to vote for Trump, the mess would be sent to congress for resolution and Republicans control that process.

    I agree, Mr.Suprun is beating his chest a bit, “look at me” but it’s a safe bet his protest won’t mean a change in the result because Texas went for Trump bigley. As an aside, by appearance, I think he’s a Glenn Beck disciple. That isn’t to say I’m certainly no fan of Trump and except for foreign policy positions and Sessions to DOJ, he’s been on a liberal tear with economic and domestic policy appointments. I don’t trust him to go to the mat for any of his conservative appointments once Chuck Schumer threatens to filibuster.

    And then, of course, there’s the threatening, like every authoritarian dictator before him, to punish certain businesses — that due to the EPA and high taxes, might exercise their liberty to produce products outside the US, — by imposing confiscatory tariffs that will damage we the people, be it through higher prices or loss of jobs as businesses cut back to absorb the impact of tariffs or just go out of business altogether.

    Mr. Suprun’s indignation would be better spent railing against the influences of Ivanka and Jared on Mr. Trump, or on Mr. Trump’s recent 5 hour meeting with Al Gore, than on gaining his 15 minutes of fame via the New York Times over something as inconsequential to his children’s future as whether Trump is less qualified for office than Hillary or Obama, or Jimmy Carter for that matter..

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