A Republican member of the Electoral College from Texas announced Monday in a New York Times op-ed piece that he will not be casting his vote on Dec. 19 for President-elect Donald Trump.
Paramedic Christopher Suprun says Trump “shows daily he is not qualified for the office.”
Suprun does not believe president-elects should be rejected because electors disagree with their policies or because they didn’t win the popular vote. His argument for voting against Trump is rooted in the founding fathers’ reasons for creating the Electoral College in the first place.
“Alexander Hamilton provided a blueprint for states’ votes,” Suprun writes. “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.”
“The election of the next president is not yet a done deal,” Suprun writes. “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.”
The former firefighter, who says he was part of the response to the 9/11 attacks, says Trump “does not encourage civil discourse, but chooses to stoke fear and create outrage.”
Suprun will not be backing the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, however. He suggests electors get behind a Republican alternative such as Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
A group of Democratic electors who have dubbed themselves the “Hamilton Electors” are working to convince their Republican counterparts to defect from Trump and join their effort to block the president-elect. They have encouraged defectors to vote for Kasich instead of Trump.