Re­volt fiz­zles as Trump eas­ily wins Elec­toral Col­lege vote

Pro­tes­tors chant - ‘No Trump, no KKK, no fas­cist USA’

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

So much for an Elec­toral Col­lege re­volt. De­spite weeks of lob­by­ing and a day of protests, Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump won all but two of the Elec­toral Col­lege votes he claimed on Elec­tion Day, en­sur­ing he will be­come Amer­ica’s 45th pres­i­dent. There were more protest votes among Demo­cratic elec­tors five - than there were among Repub­li­cans.

All 538 elec­tors met in state cap­i­tals across the coun­try Mon­day to cast their votes. Trump’s po­lar­iz­ing vic­tory in Novem­ber and the fact that Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton won the pop­u­lar vote by more than 2.8 mil­lion votes had stirred an in­tense lob­by­ing ef­fort. But the en­deavor pro­duced more noise than re­sults. With all states re­port­ing, Trump fin­ished with 304 votes and Clin­ton had 227. It takes 270 Elec­toral Col­lege votes to win the pres­i­dency. Texas put Trump over the top, de­spite two Repub­li­can elec­tors cast­ing protest votes.

“We did it!” Trump tweeted Mon­day evening. “Thank you to all of my great sup­port­ers, we just of­fi­cially won the elec­tion (de­spite all of the dis­torted and in­ac­cu­rate me­dia).” He later is­sued a state­ment say­ing: “With this his­toric step we can look for­ward to the bright fu­ture ahead. I will work hard to unite our coun­try and be the Pres­i­dent of all Amer­i­cans.”

Be­fit­ting an elec­tion filled with ac­ri­mony, thou­sands of pro­test­ers con­verged on state cap­i­tals Mon­day, urg­ing Repub­li­can elec­tors to aban­don their party’s win­ning can­di­date. More than 200 demon­stra­tors braved freez­ing tem­per­a­tures at Penn­syl­va­nia’s capi­tol, chant­ing, “No Trump, no KKK, no fas­cist USA!” and “No trea­son, no Trump!” In Madi­son, Wis­con­sin, pro­test­ers shouted, cried and sang “Silent Night.” In Au­gusta, Maine, they banged on drums and held signs that said, “Don’t let Putin Pick Our Pres­i­dent,” re­fer­ring to Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

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Among the Repub­li­can elec­tors in Texas who cast protest votes, one voted for Ohio Gov John Ka­sich; the other voted for for­mer Texas Rep Ron Paul. Clin­ton lost four elec­tors in Wash­ing­ton state - three voted for for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Colin Pow­ell and one voted for Na­tive Amer­i­can tribal leader Faith Spot­ted Ea­gle. She also lost an elec­tor in Hawaii to Ver­mont Sen. Bernie San­ders. Clin­ton beat San­ders in the Demo­cratic pri­maries.

Sev­eral Demo­cratic elec­tors in other states tried to vote for protest can­di­dates but they ei­ther changed their votes to Clin­ton or were re­placed.

The Elec­toral Col­lege has 538 mem­bers, with the num­ber al­lo­cated to each state based on how many rep­re­sen­ta­tives it has in the House plus one for each se­na­tor. The District of Columbia gets three, de­spite the fact that the home to Congress has no vote in Congress.

There is no con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sion or fed­eral law that re­quires elec­tors to vote for the can­di­date who won their state - though some states re­quire their elec­tors to vote for the win­ning can­di­date.

In Ba­ton Rouge, Louisiana, elec­tor Char­lie Buck­els reached out to Trump’s op­po­nents af­ter the New York busi­ness­man got all of the state’s eight votes.

“For those of you who wished it had gone an­other way, I thank you for be­ing here,” said Buck­els, the state GOP fi­nance chair­man. “I thank you for your pas­sion for our coun­try.” A joint ses­sion of Congress is sched­uled for Jan. 6 to cer­tify the re­sults of the Elec­toral Col­lege vote, with Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den pre­sid­ing as pres­i­dent of the Se­nate. Once the re­sult is cer­ti­fied, Trump will be sworn in on Jan 20. — AP

OLYMPIA, Wash­ing­ton: Jo Wal­ter, of Bre­mer­ton, Wash., wears a large Don­ald Trump head mock-up as she protests Elec­toral Col­lege vot­ing. — AP

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