As of Friday morning, nearly 600,000 people had signed a petition calling on the members of the Electoral College to stage a coup on December 19, vote for Hillary Clinton regardless of their state’s outcome, and prevent Donald Trump from becoming the 45th President of the United States. In other words, hundreds of thousands of liberals are ready to turn talk of a rigged election into a reality.
The Change.org petition reads in part:
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.
It’s hard to take seriously those who are now pushing for the abolition of the Electoral College. Whether or not that’s a discussion we should have, your argument loses all credibility when you only make it after losing. Bring it up when your side wins the Electoral College and loses the popular vote, and maybe you can get people to listen. Talking about it now just sounds like sour grapes.
And that doesn’t even get into the scheme they’re seriously proposing here. Have any of these people actually considered what would happen if their wild dream came true? Do they imagine that 60 million Trump voters would just shrug if the Electoral College handed the election to Hillary Clinton? What they’re proposing is the wholesale theft of the election, an event that would put us closer to an actual civil war than we’ve been in 150 years.
It brings you back to May, when certain Republicans wanted the RNC to ignore the outcome of the primaries and find a way to give someone other than Trump the nomination. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed. Thankfully, there were enough Republican officials who understood that even if they loathed Trump, they could not deliberately defy the voters and walk away unscathed. And even if they had pulled off such a coup, it would have been small potatoes compared to what liberals are proposing now. It would have been, at worst, the end of the RNC.
An Electoral College revolt would be – with no exaggeration whatsoever – the end of democracy as we know it.