The catalyst behind one faithless elector’s decision not to cast his vote for President-elect Donald Trump wasn’t the bombastic businessman after all — it was a statement made by his running mate, Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence.
In an interview with the Daily Caller, Texas elector Christopher Suprun said what “pushed him over the edge” in his decision not to vote for Trump when the Electoral College convenes Dec. 19 was Pence’s assertion that millions of illegal votes were cast in the election.
“What probably really pushed me over the edge was Sunday on the talk shows when Mike Pence was repeating this line that there’s millions of illegal votes in the election and Donald Trump would have won the popular vote,” Suprun told the Daily Caller.
I said, look, Mr. Trump has already used that same line and attacked the foundations of the country through its elections. Now he’s co-opted Gov. Pence to do the same and that’s where you have to draw the line.
Suprun, a Texas elector, publicly declared that he would not vote for Trump in a New York Times op-ed published Monday.
“I have poured countless hours into serving the party of Lincoln and electing its candidates. I will pour many more into being more faithful to my party than some in its leadership,” he wrote. “But I owe no debt to a party. I owe a debt to my children to leave them a nation they can trust.”
He continued to assert that Trump does not have enough foreign policy experience nor does he understand the Constitution correctly in order to become the next commander in chief.
Suprun also took umbrage with Trump’s affinity for Twitter and tweeting his thoughts and criticisms regularly. He specifically pointed to Trump’s critique of the venerable comedy program “Saturday Night Live.”
Trump handily won the state of Texas and its 38 electoral votes with nearly 53 percent of the vote.
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