In yet another twist to this election, there may yet be another chance Donald Trump doesn’t take the oath of office after all. Or at least shouldn’t.
According to Alternet:
“More than 50 Electoral College members who voted for Donald Trump were ineligible to serve as presidential electors because they did not live in the congressional districts they represented or held elective office in states legally barring dual officeholders.”
Efforts are now being turned to urge Congress not to certify the results of the 2016 Election due to this very major discrepancy. In fact, this would put Trump under the threshold for a win. There is currently a 1,000+ page legal briefing that was put together for Congress to take into very important consideration. Especially if they care about the well-being of our democracy.
According to Ryan Clayton of Americans Take Action:
“Trump’s ascension to the presidency is completely illegitimate. It’s not just Russians hacking our democracy. It’s not just voter suppression at unprecedented levels. It is also [that] there are Republicans illegally casting ballots in the Electoral College, and in a sufficient number that the results of the Electoral College proceedings are illegitimate as well.”
“Republicans like to talk all the time about people voting illegally. We have a list of a bunch of Republicans that allegedly voted illegally in the Electoral College. Pam Bondi is the attorney general of the state of Florida and the Florida Constitution says that you cannot hold two offices. And she holds the office of Attorney General and she holds the office of federal elector in the Electoral College. That is a violation of the law. That is a violation of the Constitution. And the vote that she cast in this election is illegal.”
The biggest challenge that lay ahead is the fact that Congress has a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate. It would take convincing them to take our democracy seriously and look at the legal findings presented. We as citizens, just as with what happened with the Ethics Committee, have power in our voice and can place pressure on our elected representatives to actually represent us and do their job to do what’s best for the people.
If there is to be a challenge, this is how it would happen:
“First, a House member has to file a formal challenge and objection. Then one House member and one senator has to sign on, prompting each body to retire to their chambers for the two-hour debate.”
However, according to Clayton:
“We have a list of 50 illegal electors. That puts Donald Trump below the threshold that he needs to be elected president. Let’s debate it in an open session. According to the Constitution, the Congress, if nobody wins on the first round of balloting, picks from the top three candidates. That will be Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Colin Powell.”
Frankly, this absolutely needs to be looked at. It is obscene to think that a president will have gained power this illegitimately.
“The report lists the following states and their number of illegitimate electors based on dual-office holders: Alabama (two), Florida (12), Georgia (four), Iowa (two), Kansas (four), Kentucky (one), Michigan (one), Missouri (one), Nebraska (one), North Carolina (one), Ohio (one), Oklahoma (two), Pennsylvania (two), South Carolina (one), South Dakota (three), Tennessee (two), Texas (four), Utah (one), and West Virginia (three). This tally, which adds up to 49 electors, was taken from a spreadsheet accompanying the briefing and is a larger number than what was cited in the report’s executive summary, which is quoted above.”
“Finally, there is another area of concern. Apparently, 23 states—out of the 31 that cast Electoral College votes for Trump—did not properly report separate vote counts for president and vice-president to Congress. That violates the 12th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and a federal law requiring presidential electors in each state to “provide ‘two distinct lists of votes,’ one for the president and the other for the Vice President,” the briefing said. “Of 31 states, only eight states followed that law,” the report said. “Some states codify the federal law into their own state law regarding presidential electors. Of those, 15 states did not provide two lists of signatures on their Certificates of Vote.””
And the briefing’s disclaimer reads:
“We are not providing any legal advice. We strongly suggest that members of Congress employ their own legal teams to verify our work.”
Taj James of DefendDemocracy.US brilliantly states:
“If Congress goes forward with the certification of these results, our representative democracy is officially dead on arrival. With unprecedented protests in 50 states during the Electoral College proceedings, it is clear that the American people are ready to rise in resistance to Trump every step of the way. The only question now is if our political leaders are listening and if they will rise to the occasion as well. The whole world is watching.”
To be blunt, Trump is seemingly on more than one level absolutely illegitimate in his supposed victory. Between Russian interference and shady efforts by the Electoral College, to the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. Congress owes it to the citizens of the United States to follow through and take careful consideration of these legal findings before certifying the results. At least if they care about the sanctity of the United States of America and everything we stand for.
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