Long-Shot Bid to Block Trump Arrives at Electoral College Monday

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December 15, 2016

The Electoral College’s 538 members gather Monday at 50 state capitols to cast the ballots that matter the most when it comes to electing a U.S. president.

Normally sedate affairs that pass with little notice, this year’s proceedings have been injected with a bit of drama and a dash of uncertainty with an unprecedented campaign by a small group of electors to overturn the results of Election Day.

The attempt to deny Donald Trump the presidency by trying to convince Democratic and Republican peers to back someone else is almost sure to fail. But it injects still more rancor in what already has been a divisive political season and serves as a capstone for a 2016 presidential election that will go down as one of the oddest in U.S. history.

Behind the drive is a group calling itself Hamilton Electors, led by two Democratic electors from western states. The name is a nod to Alexander Hamilton and his explanation of the need for the Electoral College, an entity the first U.S. Treasury secretary said existed to make sure that “the office of the president will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.”

  • Daniel C.

    So what are the constitutional requirements to serve as president. If I remember correctly, you must be a natural born citizen, and you must be at least 45 years old, and you can’t be a felon(which might apply to some members of congress if they get caught).

  • Retired

    The only Drama about the 2016 election is what the media has created.

  • Walter Flatt

    ARE THE IDIOTS TRYING TO DESTROY AMERICA?

    COULD WE HAVE BEEN SET UP FOR A MUSLIM INVASION, IF NOT WHY ARE THERE 36+ MUSLIM CAMPS IN THE USA, 5 IN N. VA. CLOSE TO WASHINGTON DC, PLUS A FEMA CAMP IN EVERY STATE WITH ARMED GUARDS, SOME MORE THAN ONE. ARE THEY TO HOUSE AND TRAIN MUSLIMS? FOLKS OUR POLITICIANS IN WASHINGTON HAD BETTER START THINKING AND PLANNING. IT WOULD BE HARD TO GO UP AGAINST A COUPLE THOUSAND WELL ARMED MUSLIMS WANTING TO KILL EVERYONE. HOW LONG DO YOU THINK IT WOULD TAKE THEM TO TAKE A MILITARY BASE, ( OUR TROOPS NOT ARMED) OR WASHINGTON DC? OBAMA SAID ON NATIONWIDE TV THAT HE WAS A MUSLIM AND HE WOULD GO WITH THEM IN CASE OF CONFLICT.

  • ArcticGrayling

    The electoral college vote still has to be approved by Congress.

    This is almost funny. How can we forget how Hellary and her confreres in the MSM almost went into fits of catalepsy when Trump would not commit to accepting the election result?

    There is this and also the screams about Russian interference. What will they think of next?

    Look at what’s happening. If the situation were reversed, the media would be freaking out 24/7. They would be crapping all over the GOP.

    • kbfallon

      Their still piling it on “OUR” newly elected President…..I don’t know about you–but I can’t ever remember them doing it to anyone like this before. So–I guess they are crapping all over the GOP.

      • ArcticGrayling

        The media is pretty stupid. In fact, they are doubling down on their stupidity.

        Their performance in the campaign makes it clear that they were willfully bullshitting us all along, so there is no serious reason to ascribe any credibility to anything they say.

  • Tiger

    Do it folks and see what happens to you, your family for the rest of your life in the annuls of history. Don’t think so Tim.

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