This is what we want to hear. So far, all attempts to prove that some fraud happened or Trump somehow cheated have failed. He earned the votes he received fair and square. He should be elected president. And electors are going to make sure he gets his votes.
There’s more hustle than hope behind an effort to derail Donald Trump’s presidency in the Electoral College.
Republican electors are being swamped with pleas to buck tradition and cast ballots for someone else at meetings across the country Monday that are on course to ratify Trump as the winner.
Associated Press interviews with more than 330 electors from both parties found little appetite for a revolt.
Whether they like Trump or not, and some plainly don’t, scores of the Republicans chosen to cast votes in the state-capital meetings told AP they feel bound by history, duty, party loyalty or the law to rubber-stamp their state’s results and make him president.
Appeals numbering in the tens of thousands – drowning inboxes, ringing cellphones, stuffing home and office mailboxes with actual handwritten letters – have not swayed them.
The interviews found widespread Democratic aggravation with the electoral process but little expectation that the rush of anti-Trump maneuvering can stop him. For that to happen, Republican-appointed electors would have to stage an unprecedented defection.
Still, people going to the typically ho-hum electoral gatherings have been drawn into the rough and tumble of campaign-season politics.
Republicans are being beseeched to revolt in a torrent of lobbying, centered on the arguments that Clinton won the popular vote and that Trump is unsuited to the presidency.
Most of it is falling on deaf ears, but it has also led to some acquaintances being made across the great political divide.
‘Let me give you the total as of right now: 48,324 emails about my role as an elector,’ said Brian Westrate, a small-business owner and GOP district chairman in Fall Creek, Wisconsin.
‘I have a Twitter debate with a former porn star from California asking me to change my vote. It’s been fascinating.’
Similarly deluged, Republican elector Hector Maldonado, a Missouri National Guardsman, has taken the time to console one correspondent, a single mother and Air Force veteran who is beside herself with worry about what a Trump presidency will mean.
‘Everything’s going to be OK,’ he said he told her. ‘I know you’re scared, but don’t worry. Everything’s going to be OK. And I know that it will be.’
Maldonado, a Mexican immigrant and medical-equipment seller in Sullivan, Missouri, backed Ted Cruz in the primaries but will cast his vote for Trump with conviction.
‘I took an oath once to become a U.S. citizen,’ he said, ‘and on Aug. 14, 1995, that was the first oath that I’ve taken to support the U.S. Constitution.