After losing the electoral college, but edging out on top in the popular vote – Leftists turned to harassing and threatening the states “electors,” telling them to become “faithless” and not cast their votes for Donald Trump in the December 19th election.
Even though electors are bound – sometimes by law, others by pledges – to cast their ballots for the results in the states they represent, these electors are reportedly receiving harassing phone calls, emails and social media messages telling them they need to cast their ballot for Hillary Clinton.
For example, in Idaho there are four electors, all of whom pledged to Donald Trump, but that isn’t what Leftists want.
“A lot of ’em use bad, rough language,” said Layne Bangerter, one of the four electors to the Spokesman. “Nothing I feel intimidated over. But we’re watching it very closely. They’ve got our home phone numbers, our cell numbers, our emails, our Facebook. We’re just getting an orchestrated barrage from the left.”
Jennifer Locke, another of the state’s electors, said she feels intimidated. She said one message told her to vote for Jeb Bush. Others simply said Trump was sexist or racist.
“They’re not even from this state – it’s Oregon, New York, California, Massachusetts, a lot of these is where I’m getting messages from,” she said.
Bangerter said e has received at least 40 messages on Facebook alone. “They attack my religion, they attack my politics, they tell me that I must be a terrible father, I must be a terrible American, they use foul language – every swear word,” he said. “They’re just trying to steal this thing. They won’t be able to do it, but they’re trying.”
Some of the messages include telephone calls – actual “robo-calls” from some Leftist organizations.
Idaho is one of 21 states that don’t have any law abiding electors to comply with the popular vote of its state, which is why it is one of the states these people are targeting.
“Attempting to sway an elector’s commitment to their party through insults, vulgar language or threats simply lacks civility,” Idaho’s Secretary of State Lawrence Denney told the Spokesman. “These are people who have volunteered to represent our state and their party in a process that goes back to the founding of our nation.”
Throughout US History, there have been a total of 157 “faithess” electors, who refused to cast their ballot for their states’ choices. 63 of them came in 1872 when Democratic nominee Horace Greeley died after the election, but before the electoral college convened, those electors abstained.
The most recent “faithless” elector was in 2004 when a Minnesota elector voted for the same candidate for both president and vice president.