Those holding out hope of the electoral college mucking up the presidential election results have had today’s date circled on the calendar: It’s when electors vote to make the Donald Trump victory official. Now filmmaker Michael Moore has offered to pay any state fines incurred by Republican electors who change their pledged vote for the recovering reality star:
“Tomorrow is the day you are supposed to gather with your fellow electors and choose the next President of the United States,” Moore wrote Sunday in a 1,000-word open letter on his Facebook page. “I am not going to ask you to vote for the person who got the most votes (although I will not be upset should you chose to side with the majority of your fellow Americans and do so!). No, I’m simply asking you to vote your conscience and PLEASE do not put our nation in danger by choosing Donald J. Trump.”
The Oscar-winning documentarian and writer-director of Michael Moore in Trumpland laid out four points he says the GOP electors should consider before casting their vote for Trump. “You have more power than you realize,” Moore wrote, “and you have an American conscience I hope you will follow.” Here are his four points:
1. Although it may ultimately have to be decided by the courts, right now you have the duty to do what you feel is right. One reason the founders set up the Electoral College was to make sure there was one final protection should someone who is a danger to the country slip through. We’ve established the national security danger that is Donald Trump and the possibility he had knowledge of the Russians hacking our election while it was taking place. If I were an elector for Hillary and learned she MIGHT have received helped from the Russians or the North Koreans or the Saudis, how do you think I’d be voting tomorrow? I assure you, it would not be for Hillary. You need to do the same thing.
2. But some states have made it “illegal” for you to vote any other way than for Trump. If you don’t vote for him, your state will fine you $1,000. So here’s my offer to you: I obviously can’t and won’t give you money to vote tomorrow, but if you do vote your conscience and you are punished for it, I will personally step up pay your fine which is my legal right to do.
3. If you are still worried about the legality of you voting your conscience and would like free legal advice and help, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig has offered to be your lawyer. …
4. Trump, as I’m sure deep down in your heart you know, is never going to last the four years. He doesn’t care about the law or following the rules and this will eventually trip him up. You know how dangerous it is when any politician, Democrat or Republican, who’s a super narcissist is elected to office, they start making decisions that personally benefit themselves — and before you know it, they’re being hauled off to jail. Why not vote tomorrow for someone who’s going to finish her/his term? Why risk the volatile presence of Donald Trump in the White House — and help to guarantee another generation of Dems in the Oval Office?!
Trump amassed 306 electoral votes in the November 8 election, and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton got 232. Thirty-seven GOP electors would have to change their votes today to block Trump’s election. They are convening in all 50 state capitals today.