Meet Daniel Brezenoff, he’s got a message for GOP electors: If you truly care about our country, PLEASE don’t vote for Donald Trump.
First, he created a Change.org petition with nearly 5 million signatures. When that failed to move the stubbornly partisan GOP electors, Daniel Brezenoff left his job to oppose Donald Trump full-time. After launching a GoFundMe drive that has raised nearly $254,000, he took out full-page ads in newspapers across the country asking members of the Electoral College to “vote their conscience.”
On Wednesday, POLITICO reported the full-page ads are an open letter to the GOP electors who plan on voting for Donald Trump:
‘The ads, which appeared Wednesday morning in the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Austin American-Statesman, Salt Lake City Tribune and Tampa Bay Times, are also slated to appear in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Wisconsin State Journal on Thursday. The 538 members of the Electoral College are slated to meet Monday in their respective state capitals. The ads target Republican electors in states won by Trump.’
Although Daniel Brezenoff supports Hillary Clinton, the open letter in the ad is signed by “a bipartisan coalition of Americans including Electors, scholars, officials, and concerned citizens.” The ad appeals to the GOP electors’ non-existent “spirit of fellowship,” “sense of patriotism,” and “great urgency” and declares:
‘There are times in the life of a nation when extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures. Now is a such time, and your courage and leadership are required.’
The letter also points out:
‘Never in our Republic’s history has there been a President-apparent comparable to Donald Trump. His inauguration would present a grave and continual threat to the Constitution, to domestic tranquility, and to international stability.”
A bullet list of reasons why Donald Trump is unfit for office follows and includes:
- His lack of experience in any public position;
- Threatening freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion;
- Entangling himself in conflicts of interest through his business dealings at home and abroad;
- Showing a “reckless disregard” for foreign diplomacy, national security, and general restraint and judgment;
- Condoning torture and Russian interference in our election, and;
- A general lack of character.
The letter also reminds the GOP electors that having Donald Trump in the White House endangers the very Constitution and freedoms they claim to cherish and want to protect. Furthermore, they have no obligation to vote for their party’s candidate (even states that have laws against this only impose mild penalties), because:
‘He [Donald trump] won neither a majority nor even a plurality of the popular vote, there can be no question of undermining the will of The People.’
The letter also reminds these GOP electors that “the Constitution empowers Electors to exercise judgment and choice.”
Alas, too many of these GOP electors care more about appointing Supreme Court justices who will take civil rights back into the Stone Age than they do about what’s good for our country. For all their talk about reverence for the U.S. Constitution and the intentions of our Founding Fathers, today’s Republicans only care when it suits their purposes.
In the Federalist Papers #68, Alexander Hamilton clearly states that the Electoral College was meant to prevent the rise of unqualified demagogues and pawns of foreign powers. You know, like Donald Trump. The Electoral College is also supposed to preserve “a sense of the people.” Meaning the 65,759,248 who chose Hillary Clinton as of the time of this writing.
Given the will of the people and the dramatic change of course a GOP-controlled Congress and White House would force on the American people, this seems as good a time as any for these “discerning” individuals to put partisan considerations aside for the common good.