COULD ELECTORAL COLLEGE REFUSE TO MAKE TRUMP PRESIDENT?
The Electoral College should deny Donald Trump the presidency because he is “unfit” for the job, Paul Abrams argued in an op-ed for The Huffington Post.
He pointed out that the nation’s founders established the voting system “so that a small group of men could exercise a sober second thought on the election of the president.” Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist 68 that an election “should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.”
Hamilton called for preventing “tumult and disorder” and providing “security against mischief” by giving the Electoral College the power to override the wishes of the voters. According to Abrams, it is time to exercise that power because Trump is a “sexual predator” who “displays all the signs of a sociopathic personality disorder.”
The op-ed stated that another reason to consider rejecting the president-elect is that he lost the popular vote. It was just the fourth time in history that the candidate who earned the most electoral votes did not get as many individual votes as the loser.
Abrams also pointed to Russia’s interference with the presidential race. According to the FBI, hackers associated with that country’s government have been responsible for cyber attacks in the United States. They may have even hacked voting machines. The writer alleged that if the president-elect released his tax returns they “would show Trump’s financial relationships to the very country that meddled in our elections.”