Electors Under Siege By Trump Campaign, Many Report Receiving Death Threats
In two days, members of the Electoral College will cast their historic votes for the next president of the United States. In the meantime, they are under siege.
The Donald Trump campaign has launched an expansive operation designed to lock down Donald Trump’s Electoral College majority and ensure that the 306 Republican electors cast their votes for the president-elect, even if it means using aggressive measures.
The campaign is pressuring Republican electors into voting for them under “threats of political reprisal,” a member of the Electoral College told Salon.
“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 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.
According to Politico, some electors reported being inundated by harassing phone calls from the Trump camp and many have reported receiving death threats to make sure they remain loyal.
If 37 Republican electors rejected him, he’d fall below the 270-vote threshold necessary to become president, sending the election to the House of Representatives for a January vote.