For almost a week now, liberals have been throwing a tantrum over the election results. Now, they are banding together to launch one last attempt of overturning the result and getting Hillary Clinton elected.
The scariest part? It’s unlikely, but not impossible.
At the end of last Wednesday, Donald Trump held 290 electoral votes. He needs to retain 270 to hold his position as the president-elect. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, won the popular vote by approximately 200,000, despite losing the Electoral College (EC).
Now, liberals are using this discrepancy to argue that the EC isn’t “fair.” They are latching onto a little-known loophole in the EC that still gives Clinton a shot at the presidency: the “faithless elector.”
This rare phenomenon allows electors to vote their consciences in place of their pledges when they deem it necessary.
“The office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications,” Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist 68.
The EC is scheduled to cast the final votes for president on December 19th. Hillary fans are getting their hopes up that electors will go rogue and strip Trump of the presidency.
An important statistic to note, however, is that 99% of electors throughout our nation’s history have voted as pledged.
“Since the founding of the Electoral College, there have been 157 faithless electors,” one article notes. “71 of these votes were changed because the original candidate died…Three of the votes were not cast at all…The other 82 electoral votes were changed on the personal initiative of the elector.”
The last time an elector voted against his pledge was in 2004, when one elector voted for John Edwards, instead of his running mate, John Kerry. His vote had no effect on the election’s outcome.
Technically, faithless electors are barred from voting against their pledges in 29 states. The penalties are minimal, however, including fines of up to $1,000.
Still, this is not out of the question. If enough electors decide to become “faithless” in this election, Clinton would win the EC and the presidency.
What do you think? Does Trump belong in the White House? Is it time for liberals to accept his presidency as the reality?