A sh*t ton of celebrities made a video urging Electoral College voters not to pick Trump

37 GOP electors would be required to break their pledge to delay Donald Trump's official election

Clarisse Loughrey
Thursday 15 December 2016 14:41 GMT
A whole load of celebrities urge electors not to vote for Trump

In a move similar to the "sh*t ton" of celebrities gathered by filmmaker Joss Whedon for his Save the Day initiative, which urged voters to stop "a racist, abusive coward who could permanently damage the fabric of our society", celebrities are once more gathering together to push for urgent action.

Unite for America is a multi-partisan movement founded by concerned citizens in an effort to "prevent a candidate unfit for presidency from taking office", urging the Electoral College to follow through with its own created purpose in preventing the election of a demagogue.

As Martin Sheen explains, the Federalist Papers state that the Electorial College exists to ensure anyone who gains presidency is, "to an eminent degree, endowed with the requisite qualifications".

The Electoral College consists of 538 members who will convene on Monday to vote for the next president; with Trump gaining the necessary 270 votes to win with a total of 306, requiring 37 GOP electors to switch their votes to delay his official election.

Therefore, the video urges GOP electors to vote for any candidate they deem "especially competent" for the position, not specifically to switch their vote to Hillary Clinton. Those involved state that Trump clearly lacks the necessary "qualifications", "stability", and "clearly the respect for the constitution of our great nation".

There have been 157 instances of faithless electors - those who do not vote for the candidate pledged - so far, though none have yet to affect the ultimate outcome of an election.

A Harvard law professor claims that between 20-30 GOP electors are ready to break their pledge, though hopefully this move will be maintained under reported threats from the Trump campaign that there will be "political reprisal" if they rebel against him.

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