In a move that could perhaps seem skittish or downright fearful, the Republican National Committee has reportedly been working on a huge lobbying effort to make sure the Electoral College firmly votes for GOP President-elect Donald Trump when casting official votes on Monday, Politico reported.
Citing two sources within the national committee, the report stated the RNC has reached out to “most" of the Republican electors “multiple times” and believes that only one poses a threat of not voting for Trump. The president-elect's victory last month has incited protests, calls to do away with the Constitutionally-mandated Electoral College and even lawsuits.
It’s common for the winning party in a presidential election to speak with electors. But the backlash following Trump’s victory and Democrats holding out likely frivolous hopes of somehow denying the billionaire business mogul the White House have added yet another layer to the Republican’s preparations for the typically ceremonial Electoral College vote.
Those hopes do, however, have some life in the form of the so-called “Hamilton Electors,” a group of Democratic electors who are attempting to lure 37 Republican electors away from Trump and to cast a vote for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the Daily Beast reported. It may seem like an arbitrary number, but, if successful, the “Hamilton Electors” would force the election to the House of Representatives, who would vote for the president under the 12th Amendment. The amendment does have precedent in history, ultimately deciding the 1824 presidential election and handing the White House to John Quincy Adams over Andrew Jackson, who won a plurality of the Electoral College and the popular vote that year.
“The state Republican parties in the states that went for Trump are heavily invested in this process,” an RNC source told Politico. “It’s a matter of personal pride for a state party chairman and a state party to ensure that all the electors that their people elected vote, and vote in the manner in which they’re supposed to.”
The undertaking has been so expansive that state party leaders were not only contacting electors via phone and letters, but were also reportedly monitoring their social media accounts.
The news follows a scathing report from Salon on Tuesday which focused on one anonymous member of the Electoral College who claimed they were facing “threats of political reprisal” from Trump’s campaign.
“We have gotten reports from multiple people,” the elector told Salon, “that the Donald Trump campaign is putting pressure on Republican electors to vote for him based on … future political outcomes based on whether they vote for Donald Trump or not.”