Today, Christopher Suprun, a Republican presidential elector from Texas, published an article on the New York Times website about why he will not be casting his vote for Donald Trump.
These are his key reasons for going against the vote of the people:
I watch Mr. Trump fail to unite America and drive a wedge between us.
Mr. Trump goes out of his way to attack the cast of “Saturday Night Live” for bias.
He tweets day and night, but waited two days to offer sympathy to the Ohio State community after an attack there.
He does not encourage civil discourse, but chooses to stoke fear and create outrage.
The United States was set up as a republic. Alexander Hamilton provided a blueprint for states’ votes. Federalist 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence. Mr. Trump shows us again and again that he does not meet these standards. Given his own public statements, it isn’t clear how the Electoral College can ignore these issues, and so it should reject him.
I have poured countless hours into serving the party of Lincoln and electing its candidates. I will pour many more into being more faithful to my party than some in its leadership.
Mr. Trump lacks the foreign policy experience and demeanor needed to be commander in chief.
During the campaign Mr. Trump even said Russia should hack Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Mr. Trump urged violence against protesters at his rallies during the campaign.
He has surrounded himself with advisers such as Stephen K. Bannon
Gen. Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trump’s pick for national security adviser, has his own checkered past about rules.
Mr. Trump does not understand that the Constitution expressly forbids a president to receive payments or gifts from foreign governments.
He finishes by saying:
I pray my fellow electors will do their job and join with me in discovering who that person should be.
And this is precisely why we need to ensure that this Texas Elector is replaced.
Contact the Republican Party of Texas and voice your concerns on Christopher Suprun.