Unlike some of our elected leaders — namely Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and Mitt Romney — many life-long Republicans regarded voting in this year’s presidential election as a moral decision.
While they remained staunchly loyal to their party, they could not bring themselves to vote for Donald Trump.
Art Sisneros is one of those Republicans.
He is also a GOP elector, one of the 538 electors in the Electoral College, which actually decides the outcome of the election.
Sisneros, who has been vocally critical of the president-elect, resigned from his post as an elector because he felt it unconscionable to cast his vote for Trump, Politico reported.
“If Trump is not qualified and my role, both morally and historically, as an elected official is to vote my conscience, then I cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump for President,” Sisneros wrote in a blog post late last week. “I believe voting for Trump would bring dishonor to God.”
He wrote that while he had no desire to subvert the will of the people, he did not want to be part of a process that brings about a Trump presidency.
“The people will get their vote,” he wrote. “I will sleep well at night knowing I neither gave in to their demands nor caved to my convictions. I will also mourn the loss of our republic.”
For many Republicans, Trump went too far against the grain of conservatism that the Republican Party stood for. A large number of generals, especially those in the centrist establishment, criticized Trump as too friendly to Russia, unpredictable with nuclear weapons, and insufficiently attuned to the importance of America’s strategic allies.
Others rejected him after his initial refusal to denounce former KKK grand wizard David Duke, and when he attacked the Hispanic judge presiding over lawsuits against his failed business venture, Trump University.
A month before the election, some Republicans, including Sen. John McCain and vulnerable New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, fled Trump in droves. This time, the reason was a leaked "Access Hollywood" tape from 2005 in which Trump could be heard making vulgar comments about his treatment of women.
Still, in the end, Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. But it’s good to know that people like Sisneros are willing to stand up for their principles.
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