AUSTIN, Texas — A Republican member of the Electoral College from Texas said Monday that he won’t cast one of his state’s 38 electoral votes for Donald Trump because “I am here to elect a president, not a king.”
Dallas paramedic Chris Suprun previously indicated he would support Trump. But he now says the president-elect’s postelection attacks on the First Amendment and the country’s electoral process, as well as the billionaire businessman’s continued promotion of his brand and business interests overseas, changed his mind.
Texas law doesn’t mandate that electors vote according to the results of the state’s presidential election, which Trump won by nine percentage points over Hillary Clinton. Suprun and the GOP’s other electors signed pledges at the state Republican convention in Dallas this summer promising to vote for their party’s nominee, but those aren’t legally binding.
Clearly, breaking faith with a pledge he signed makes Chris Suprun a liar and a cheat. But he seems okay with that, and if he honestly believes in his heart that this is the right thing to do, he should do it.
Murdoc hopes that he breaches his word and disregards his duty. It might be enough to get the electoral votes to be made automatic once the state’s results are verified. If nothing else, it will get people discussing ways to tweak the system.