Donald Trump won the presidency on Nov. 8 by claiming 306 electoral votes to Hillary Clintons 232.
But these results aren’t exactly official just yet.
The official results of the election will be decided during a Dec. 19 meeting of the Electoral College, in which the 538 electors will cast their vote.
Thus, last month, Daniel Brezenoff a social worker started a Change.org petition calling on the electors to block Donald Trump from becoming president by switching their votes to Clinton.
“Mr. Trump is unfit to serve,” he wrote in the petition. “His scapegoating of so many Americans, and his impulsivity, bullying, lying, admitted history of sexual assault, and utter lack of experience make him a danger to the Republic.”
Brezenoff argued that Clinton should be elected president because she won the popular vote. In fairness, she isn’t simply winning it, she’s winning it by a historic margin of 2.5 million votes and counting.
Out of the 538 electors, 302 are bound to vote for the candidate who won the state’s electoral votes. But it’s the rest of the 236 electors from 21 states who cast their electoral ballot for whomever they choose that he is urging to change their vote.
The petition has since garnered 4.6 million signatures, making it the largest in Change.org’s history.
This comes in the backdrop of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s effort to launch a three-state recount claiming suspected irregularities with electronic voting machines.
Stein raised a staggering $9 million in donations for recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan — the three states where Clinton was a favorite to win, according to the polls.
While to some the petition may seem like a desperate effort, some elector’s themselves are balking at the thought of having to cast their vote for Trump.
Recently, one brave Republican elector in Texas resigned from his position as elector because he could not in good conscience bring himself to vote for Trump.
At least seven people who have branded themselves as “Hamilton Electors” have pledged to block Trump from becoming president.
They’ve even created a website in which they write, “The Founding Fathers intended the Electoral College to stop an unfit man from becoming President. The Constitution they crafted gives us this tool. Conscience demands that we use it.”
While the effort may not bring any tangible results, it’s certainly a symbolic representation of the antipathy many people have for the president-elect.
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