Another Republican Electoral College voter from Texas has now said that he cannot in good faith cast his vote for President-elect Donald Trump. Instead, he will lodge a protest vote for Ohio Governor John Kasich.
Writing in Monday’s The New York Times op-ed section, Christopher Suprun, a paramedic, said that Trump doesn’t have the experience or ability required to lead the United States.
“I owe no debt to a party. I owe a debt to my children to leave them a nation they can trust,” Suprun wrote. “Mr. Trump lacks the foreign policy experience and demeanor needed to be commander in chief. During the campaign more than 50 Republican former national security officials and foreign policy experts co-signed a letter opposing him. In their words, ‘he would be a dangerous president.'”
Suprun also pointed to Trump’s tweets criticizing Saturday Night Live as an example of the president-elect’s inability to handle the pressures of the office, writing, “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. This is unacceptable.”
According to Suprun, America’s founders designed the Electoral College to “determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence.” Suprun proceeded to effectively call Trump a demagogue, a term describing leaders that use emotion to appeal to popular desires and prejudices rather than using logical argument to discuss issues.
“Given his own public statements, it isn’t clear how the Electoral College can ignore these issues, and so it should reject him,” Suprun wrote, before urging his fellow electors to come to an agreement on a suitable Republican replacement.
Suprun suggests Kasich, whom he called honorable and qualified. Yet, Suprun left the door open to discussing other options.
“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,” he wrote. “I pray my fellow electors will do their job and join with me in discovering who that person should be.”
Another Republican elector from Texas, Art Sisneros, resigned from the Electoral College last month, citing a refusal to vote for Trump as his motivating reason.
Time will tell how many other Electoral College shake-ups may or may not occur before the body meets to decide the presidency on December 19.