The so-called "Hamilton Electors" believe the Founding Fathers would agree that Donald Trump is not the right man for the job of president.
Two Washington state “Hamilton Electors” plan to do all they can to thwart Trump as the Electoral College gathers Monday to elect the next president of the United States.
In November, Democratic electors Bret Chiafalo and Levi Guerra joined the nationwide movement to convince 37 Republican electors to either abstain or vote for a candidate other than Trump. If the effort is successful, the president-elect would be denied an Electoral College majority, throwing the decision to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Earlier this month, the duo sued over a state law that could fine them up to $1,000 each if they disregard the state’s presidential popular vote. But last week, U.S. District Judge James Robart denied their request.
“This does not stop that movement at all,” Chiafalo said after the ruling.
A judge in Colorado rejected a similar lawsuit, calling it “a political stunt,” according to The Denver Post.
Chiafalo joined the Times’ politics podcast to explain the Hamilton Electors’ longshot goal.
He says he and others in the movement are taking their cues from the Founding Fathers, including Alexander Hamilton, who wrote about the Electoral College in The Federalist Papers.
At 12:30 in the podcast, Chiafalo says, “They didn’t want a demagogue to come into power. They didn’t want someone who was influenced by foreign powers to come into power … They didn’t want the tyranny of the majority or someone with the low arts of popularity and the base arts of intrigue to get into the presidency. And we firmly believe that Donald Trump fails on all those tests.”
Listen to it here:
Electors in Washington state are meeting Monday morning in Olympia to cast votes.
Content from The Seattle Times archive is included in this report.