Trump "shows daily he is not qualified for the office," Republican elector Christopher Suprun explains

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Updated December 06, 2016 01:20 PM
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Just two weeks before the Electoral College meets to cast their ballots for the next president of the United States, one elector has penned a detailed essay explaining why he is refusing to vote for Donald Trump — and urging other “electors of conscience” to do the same.

Texas Republican Christopher Suprun published an op-ed in The New York Times Monday titled “Why I Will Not Cast My Electoral Vote for Donald Trump,” and explains he’s not rejecting Trump because he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, or because of any policy differences.

Instead, he feels that casting a ballot for Trump would violate the entire reason Alexander Hamilton seemingly set up the Electoral College more that two centuries ago, when the Founding Father argued that the body “should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence.”

“Given [Trump]’s own public statements, it isn’t clear how the Electoral College can ignore these issues, and so it should reject him,” he wrote.

Suprun laid out a number of reasons why Trump “shows daily he is not qualified for the office.”

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Pointing to his personal experience as a firefighter who was part of the Sept. 11 response team, Suprun says he can’t help but compare Trump to then-president George W. Bush, who was “imperfect” but effectively brought the country together while coping with the tragedy.

Trump, he argues, seems intent to “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,” he writes. “This is unacceptable.”

The Texan further explains that Trump “lacks the foreign policy experience and demeanor needed to be the commander in chief,” and expressed concern over Trump picks Stephen Bannon — who is associated with the “alt-right,” a white nationalist movement — and Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who allegedly illegally installed a secret Internet connection in his Pentagon office, for senior White House posts.

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Suprun’s essay is welcome news to the millions of people who are urging the 538 members of the Electoral College to reject Trump when they vote on Dec. 19.

On Nov. 9, just one day after Trump’s surprise general election victory, clinical social worker and California professor Daniel Brezenoff launched a petition calling on the Electoral College to make Clinton the next president of the United States. It has since gained more than 4.7 million signatures and has been deemed the fastest-growing and most-signed petition on the popular site.

Suprun, who is about to be a “faithless elector,” is also urging his fellow electors to make a choice other than Trump, and name-checked Ohio Gov. John Kasich as one attractive alternative.

“The election of the next president is not yet a done deal. Electors of conscience can still do the right thing for the good of the country. Presidential electors have the legal right and a constitutional duty to vote their conscience. I believe electors should unify behind a Republican alternative, an honorable and qualified man or woman such as Gov. John Kasich of Ohio,” he wrote.

“I pray my fellow electors will do their job and join with me in discovering who that person should be,” he added.