Ohio governor John Kasich may be seeing a forced comeback after some very unlikely support from a group of presidential electors. The group of “rogue electors” is attempting to thwart Trump’s entrance to the White House.
The attempt to turn the electoral college against the president-elect is unprecedented, according to Politico, but would mean good things for Kasich:
“Advocates of the long-shot bid to turn the Electoral College against Donald Trump have been in contact with close allies of Hillary Clinton, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions, but the Clinton camp — and Clinton herself — have declined to weigh in on the merits of the plan.”
Hillary Clinton’s team has refused to get onboard with the efforts to turn electors against Trump. However, her team has not completely rejected the movements either. The Green Party’s Jill Stein has been involved in a recount effort gaining serious ground today, and Clinton’s team has not rejected her motions either.
Clinton’s staff, as well as the DNC, have denied a request for a statement numerous times. Neither want to be in the middle of a doomed plan, but are willing to accept a victorious outcome, should one occur.
Marc Elias is Hillary Clinton’s attorney. He said on November 26th that she will definitely take part in the recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Elias said:
“Regardless of the potential to change the outcome in any of the states, we feel it is important, on principle, to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself.”
The leaders of the anti-Trump movement admit that their efforts will likely be more successful without a direct tie to Democratic Party bigwigs, like Hillary Clinton. They know that attempts to “woo Republicans” will be much better received if they maintain a bipartisan appearance.
Michael Baca is an elector from Colorado who believes that the support from both sides of the aisle is what makes this a truly patriotic movement:
“GIVEN WHAT’S AT STAKE, WE HAVE BEEN OUTREACHING TO EVERYONE WE CAN INCLUDING ELECTORS, VARIOUS MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES, AND THE MEDIA. ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRING THINGS ABOUT THIS ENTIRE PROCESS IS HOW WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED SUCH PATRIOTISM FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND MUCH WILLINGNESS TO UNITE FOR AMERICA.”
Baca said to Politico on Sunday that John Kasich would be America’s best bet:
“MANY ELECTORS ARE SAYING THAT GOV. JOHN KASICH WOULD BE BEST FOR OUR COUNTRY. A CONSENSUS IS BEGINNING TO FORM THAT GOV. KASICH WOULD BE BEST POSITIONED TO UNITE AMERICA.”
Polly Baca (no relation) is a Democratic elector from Colorado and the organizer of Hamilton Electors. She said that “we’re really doing this on our own. This is something we have to do as electors. This is our responsibility.”
According to Politico:
“Backers of Hamilton Electors are also preparing a wave of lawsuits challenging 29 state laws that purport to bind electors to the results of the statewide popular vote. These laws have never been enforced or tested, and many constitutional scholars believe they conflict with the Founders’ vision of the Electoral College as a deliberative body. Courtroom victories, they hope, will embolden other electors to join their cause.”
The 538 members of the electoral college will convene on December 19th in state capitols across the country. They alone will decide the fate of our country. The anti-Trump electors are trying to convince at least 37 Republican electors to back them in removing Trump before he is inaugurated.
Send happy thoughts!