Caitlin Flynn
December 05, 2016 4:14 pm
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Approximately one month after Donald Trump’s shocking victory, a record-breaking number of people (4.7 million as of today) have signed a petition asking the Electoral College to reverse the election results. It’s not a matter of being sore losers — Hillary Clinton currently leads the popular vote by 2.5 million, and this number is likely to increase because there are still uncounted ballots in California and New York — two of America’s most liberal states.

The petition was started by Daniel Brezenoff, a clinical social worker and professor in California, and it isn’t driven solely by the fact that Clinton won the popular vote by a significant margin.

Over 200 years ago, it seems like Hamilton predicted that a demagogue like Trump may someday prevail — and, in that case, it’s the Electors’ job to protect the country by keeping him out of The White House.

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As the petition states, Electors who cast their ballots for Clinton will preserve the majority rule and prevent the most unqualified candidate in history from moving to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in January.

There are multiple reasons Electors should vote with their conscience and put their support behind Clinton. But, in a historically nightmarish election cycle, we’re not getting our hopes up.

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