Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Donald Trump's First 100 Days (AM Edition): Source: Donald Trump’s campaign is threatening “political reprisal” for defecting Republican electors

One elector tells Salon, Trump affiliates are placing "career pressure" on GOP electors to toe the line on Dec. 19

Donald Trump’s campaign is pressuring Republican electors into voting for them under “threats of political reprisal,” according to a member of the Electoral College who spoke to Salon under the condition of anonymity.

“We have gotten reports from multiple people,” the elector said, “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.”

The elector emphasized that these reports had come straight from the Republican electors themselves, with the threats steering clear of violence but instead focusing on “career pressure.”

“It’s all political, basically,” the elector said. “If Trump becomes the president, he’s going to be able to put pressure on the state parties and they won’t be involved anymore.” Read More

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