Despite the furious cries from anti-Trump protesters calling for electors to abandon their state pledges and deny Trump enough electoral votes to drop his total to below 270, the voting today went on without serious deviation from the final totals.
Small gatherings of protesters gathered outside state capitols where the electors were set to cast their votes, holding the typical signs saying “not my president” or “clearly unfit”. The campaign by the “Hamilton Electors“, the group who was leading the faithless Trump electors charge, has fallen well short of their goal of flipping 37 electors.
When all was said and done. Donald Trump lost only 2 electoral votes, bringing his total down from 306 to 304. One elector, Chris Suprun from Texas, had publicly declared his intention to deny Trump his vote in the weeks leading up to today. Another elector, also from Texas, also ended up voting for someone other than Donald Trump.
Ironically enough, Hillary Clinton ended up losing 4 electoral votes, bringing her total down from 232 to 228. One elector in Washington State voted for an Indian chief named “Faith Spotted Eagle” rather than Clinton while 3 others cast their votes for Colin Powell. It seems the final insult to Hillary in this election has been complete, as little known “Faith Spotted Eagle” proved a more appealing option for at least 1 elector.
It has also been reported that an elector in Minnesota tried to avoid voting for Hillary Clinton, but was replaced before he could do so. Muhammad Abdurrahman, a former Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention, attempted to vote for no candidate.
Meet the faithless Clinton elector from Minnesota, Muhammad Abdurrahman:
In Wisconsin, a particularly crazy protester erupted into a deranged tirade after the electors officially announced their 10 votes for Donald Trump, as she screamed “you don’t deserve to be in America!”
Donald Trump effectively sealed his victory today and in a way achieved yet another victory over the left as well as Hillary Clinton. Are you tired of winning yet?
The Electoral College formalized Donald Trump’s election victory on Monday despite protests around the country to encourage GOP electors to abandon the Republican.
The president-elect easily racked up the 270 electoral votes needed to send him to the White House. Interest in the normally mundane voting process spiked this year as opposition to Trump continues to fester, fueled by Clinton’s success in capturing over 2.6 million more votes than her Republican opponent.
“Today marks a historic electoral landslide victory in our nation’s democracy,” Trump said in a statement. “I thank the American people for their overwhelming vote to elect me as their next President of the United States.”
He added, “this election represents a movement that millions of hard working men and women all across the country stood behind and made possible. With this historic step we can look forward to the bright future ahead. I will work hard to unite our country and be the President of all Americans.”
Anti-Trump protesters descended on state capitols throughout the U.S. in a last-ditch effort to persuade so-called “faithless electors” in states Trump won to change their vote. Many of the Republicans casting ballots said they were inundated with calls and emails urging them to dump Trump.
And some electors did break with how their state voted, albeit in unexpected ways. In Washington, a state Clinton won by 16 points, the former secretary of state received just eight of the state’s 12 electoral votes. Colin Powell received three votes and Native American tribal leader Faith Spotted Eagle received one as part of an effort to promote a candidate other than Trump.
An elector in both Maine and Minnesota attempted to cast a ballot for Bernie Sanders, who unsuccessfully challenged Clinton in the Democratic primary. However state laws requiring electors to follow the statewide vote invalidated both efforts.
Only one Republican elector, Christopher Suprun of Texas, publicly pledged not to vote for Trump despite his state heavily favoring the president-elect last month. One other Texas elector also abandoned Trump in the final vote.