Last-Ditch Push Underway for Clinton to Become President Instead of Trump

WASHINGTON — Democrats have been bemoaning a Donald Trump presidency for two days after he beat Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night.

Many have taken to social media and to streets across the country to voice their displeasure after the real estate mogul secured enough electoral votes to become president-elect.

But there is a last incredibly long shot that could still get Clinton into the White House on Jan. 20 — a twist in the Electoral College.

Though Clinton led the popular vote by about 280,000 on Thursday morning, Trump has won the minimum of 270 electoral votes necessary to be elected president. As of late Wednesday, he had 290 to Clinton’s 228.

According to the Constitution, electors will meet in their respective state capitals on Dec. 19. In most cases, whoever wins the popular vote gains all of that state’s electoral votes.

The number of electoral votes per state is determined by the number of congressional districts plus one for each senator — a total of 538.

But there is nothing in the Constitution that would prevent any of the electors from refusing to support the candidate who won their state. Or from abstaining. They are dubbed a “faithless elector,” though 29 states ban the practice.

A petition on Change.org is pushing for electors to vote for Clinton instead of Trump. It had more than 175,000 signatures as of Thursday morning.

Part of the petition reads:

Mr. Trump is unfit to serve. 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.

Secretary Clinton WON THE POPULAR VOTE and should be President.

Hillary won the popular vote. The only reason Trump “won” is because of the Electoral College.

But the Electoral College can actually give the White House to either candidate. So why not use this most undemocratic of our institutions to ensure a democratic result?

SHE WON THE POPULAR VOTE.

There is no reason Trump should be President.

“It’s the ‘People’s Will'”

No. She won the popular vote.

“Our system of government under our Constitution says he wins”

No. Our Constitution says the Electors choose.

“Too many states prohibit ‘Faithless Electors'”

24 states bind electors. If electors vote against their party, they usually pay a fine. And people get mad. But they can vote however they want and there is no legal means to stop them in most states.

It’s rare for electors to defect or abstain. Even in the razor-close 2000 election in which George W. Bush beat Al Gore, no one withheld their vote for Bush and gave it to Gore, who won 271-266 with one abstention.

The New York Times reported more than 99 percent of electors throughout history have voted as pledged.

57 comments

  • frank

    Have you all seen the Omen trilogy. Damien Thorn, Donald Trump. same initials, same number of letters, same plot. Coincidence? The fallout has already begun. God warned of kneeling to the golden calf.

  • I Am The Antipope

    Give it up liberals! Hillary conceded.
    The Electorial College makes it so that the country isn’t held hostage by major cities. it makes it so people around the country can have a say.

  • Taunya Valci

    Please, the Republicans won both the house and the Senate, already. Can’t we compromise and at least have the Democrats represented in one of the three branches? If Trump stays president, there will be a civil war! I believe Ferguson, Mo is only the beginning…

    • Jim Fields

      They said the same thing when Obama was elected. Haven’t seen the first shot fired. All the stores that sold guns and ammo were running out of ammunition and you couldn’t find it for nearly 4 years unless you made it yourself and or waited for an order to be fulfilled. This all boils down to people who say they are afraid well you’re afraid of what giveaways you’re bilking the government for or you don’t have a legal immigration status so you’re worried of being deported. The only thing I’ve seen this election is that comparing the Obama and current election is that the democrat voters throw a much bigger tantrum because they lost. Give up and just hang on, I’m excited to see what a non-career politician can do.

  • AL

    I think the best way to end all of this is to go out and buy a trophy for everyone protesting and just tell them that they did a great job. I truly think if they have a trophy they will be fine with all of this.

  • Fred bloggs

    The CIA will no doubt drug some spotty faced teenage with scopolamine like they usually do and give him a gun to assassinate trump

  • Kevin VanAmburg

    Awww… the poor little delicate snowflakes didn’t get what they wanted and Mommy and Daddy can’t throw money at it and fix it this time. This movie quote comes to mind. “Your revolution is over. Condolences. The Bums Lost!! My advice is, do what your parents did. Get a job!!!”

  • Seriously we r screwed either way

    She did win by popular vote… so more than half the people who voted just plain and simple didn’t want trump. But the same way with her! These two were so hated that neither of them should get the biggest job position of the US. I trust neither! someone should have stopped this a LONG time ago! How can we type the “new First Ladies” name in google and see her naked? Have a president who don’t think before he speaks? A president who promises to bring jobs back mean while he’s opening businesses in other countries.. complains about welfare but openingly admits to avoid paying millions in taxes… but hey at least we understand it’s the UNDER EDUCATED WHITE MAN who gave him the most votes… and nothing else can explain it! How does anyone get a job with no experience? I guess the motto is just go grab America by the pu$$y… I feel like civil war is inevitable..
    And however HC got as far as she did is beyond me! She wants to get us blown off the map.. How did we allow this? Can’t we get a do-over for people who our child can look up too? Someone who doesn’t scare half the country? I felt like it was a joke voting! So many of us like neither!

  • uscgvet (@ksghostrider)

    If Hillary had won. We would be going to war with Russia, aka WW3. Then Hillary would have no choice but to reinstate the draft. Then all these whiny millennials would be headed off to war to fight. Think they would be happy about that?

    • FYI

      Lol when trump won from his main supporters of uneducated white men! lol Hillary def had more votes from the people so if this stops trump it’ll make me feel better for not voting Hilary! Both are a joke!

      • Time to Drain the Swamp

        Yeah, I’m sure all the dindu nuffin and ditsy millennial voters for Hillary were highly educated, NOT!

    • Jennie Cooper

      You need to look up what the laws are. It doesn’t matter that she conceded. If for some reason it’s decided to forfeit the election of Trump to give to Hillary, she can still accept. Look up what happened to Al Gore. #uneducatedtrumpsupporters

  • West

    The Dead have voted, the machines were rigged, and the undocumented have voted. He beat the Media, The Democratic machine, and the Clinton Crime Family. Life goes on people. Get on with your life and enjoy you’re familys.

    • laura

      i had a poll worker trying to watch me vote. it’s amazing that the calls were put in that machines were rigged early on and how trump readily wiped her clock here all because they were scared people were on to them. how many other places were like that but the people rigging it weren’t scared out of it like here?

    • Donna Cole

      Todd–It would help to understand your comments if you would proofread it and correct your spelling,typos,and grammar.

  • frank

    We the people did decide and have spoken, fact! she had more voters from all over America ! not just Cali. By nearly 300 thousand.

    • Jim Fields

      You’re exactly right. It was the incompetent fools she had trying to rig the vote who couldn’t count. Sorry Hillary you’re people just didn’t recruit enough to sway a swing vote and didn’t have the brains to create enough fake votes either. Get over it already and quit your crying for a free education and healthcare that everyone has to pay for so you can go and milk it because you don’t want to get a job or pay for an education to have them like honest working people. Disgusting!!

  • common sense stuff

    looney bin california is the only reason she has more popular votes. Too much sun on the brain for californians

    • Andrew Shecktor

      Freakin’ California should secede from the union. They are so wacko and different, and are segregated from the other states by mountains and desert – they have no clue what is going on in the rest of the country. Maybe they can merge with Mexico – Then Trump can build a wall around BOTH!

      • Linda McCornack

        Hey, wait a minute folks..I live/have lived smack dab in the middle of Cali..Except for the brutally liberal city of San Luis Obispo..Home of Calif. Polytechnic University and their mutually liberal students, this area is an ultra conservative area..Don’t mindlessly group us all together..Now you’re acting liking the idiotic left!!

  • Billy

    This is absurd! The Democrats created this kind of entitlement thinking through the Obama years. No People, You don’t get everything you want! Put on a pair of Diapers and I know you hate this but go get a JOB!

  • me again

    Desperation sunk her once. Its likely to happen again. If this boneheaded stunt is pulled off, Trump and Hillary will be voted in NYS. Hillary should be very careful of that. Lots of people only think of NY city when they think of NY. But NY is big. Big. And it is blood red above NY city. Blood red. Hillary must love to get the tar beat out of her. Upstate NY is red.

    • me again

      Many cant stand Cuomo. His Safe Act, several cities becoming sanctuary cities, telling pro gun Republicans they are not welcome in NY, and now Cuomo is running his mouth “we will not tolerate a racist federal gov”. He is just upset he wont be getting a job in Hillarys gov. He has been grooming himself for a run as president. I was lucky and escaped NY. If anyone thinks Upstate NY will vote Hillary, you should a fool.

  • magicmikexxsm

    It’s an effing pipe dream , and is never gonna happen…..all you cup cake liberals better get over it…..should something strange happen like you reported , you have not seen riots like the one’s that will ensue if you screw trump out of his rightful win…..except we we good conservative riot, we will be carrying weapons….

    News flash Hillary did not win the popular vote by much, the only reason she did win the popular vote is because of the sheer size of Ca….this is why they came up with the electoral college…so as to not have the big states with more population like Ca. Tx Ny Pa. and so on run rough shod all over the smaller states……

    Face it liberal scum bags , “WE THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN” deal with it, prozac may help, but until we as for your advice, shut the hell up sit down, AND BE QUITE….

    • Odnoc

      Actually “We the people” haven’t spoken, the electoral collage has, I suggest you go get an edumacation and learn you some American politics.

      • Melody

        Get the hell over it. Trump will be pres. Now pop vote they stopped counting after he won. Also i will make sure that the illegals votes do not count. All america was turned red other than a few states. Get over it. You have 4 years

      • magicmikexxsm

        ODNOC No jack azz , we the people have spoken, that’s what we did on Tue..or did you sleep all day and miss it? or have a drug induced coma….try edjamacting yourself..DuH liberal idiot.

      • Phil

        Speaking of getting as you say an “edumacation”, I do believe that you should also become more educated about “American politics”……the Electoral College hasn’t voted yet, and won’t until December 19, 2016. Please try to educate yourself, it will add a bit more credibility to your posts.

  • Vicki

    Why is it ok with these people that Hillary is a liar, she let 4 Americans die in Benghazi, she stole money from Haiti, she shared our classified information all over the internet, she armed terrorist, she took money from terrorist, she rigged the voting machines so Bernie would lose. All this is fact and these so called Americans want her in office???

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