Did This #NeverTrump Elector Sell Out to the Liberal Media?

Chris Suprun is a Republican elector in Texas who’s decided he can’t cast a vote for Donald Trump. Via the Washington Times:

A Republican elector in Texas says he will not cast a vote for President-elect Donald Trump when the Electoral College meets on Dec. 19.

Christopher Suprun, a Texas paramedic who said he served as a firefighter in New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, wrote an op-ed for The New York Times on Monday urging electors to unify behind a “Republican alternative,” such as Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Mr. Suprun said Mr. Trump has driven a wedge between the American people and continues to “stoke fear and create outrage.”

“This is unacceptable,” he wrote. “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.

This is a gross misreading of Federalist 68 that ultimately undermines the integrity and destroys the purpose of the Electoral College, but that’s besides the point. Does Suprun really believe this? As occasional AAN Tim Young notes, probably not:

Funny thing. Seems like Suprun found an opportunity to be famous and he’s running with it. We hope that selling out to the liberal media was worth it. 


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