To the Editor:
Members of the Electoral College were entrusted by our nation’s founders with the responsibility to determine whether the winner of a Presidential election is fit to fulfill the duties of the position. Shouldn’t we use the Electoral College as intended, whether or not it has been a rubber stamp in the past, whether or not we think it should be abolished?
Citizens may write to Electors online and ask them to fulfill their Constitutional duty at www.asktheelectors.org. The website directelection.org allows you to send paper letters to Electors. Speak to an Elector if you know one.
A group of seven Electors seek a compromise candidate (www.hamilitonelectors.com). The Hamilton Electors take their name from Alexander Hamilton, one of the key architects of our constitutional system, who in Federalist #68 stated that it was the Electors duty to vote against a person who is a demagogue, unqualified, and under foreign influence. Electors would not be going against the will of the American people if they cast their vote against Donald Trump who lost the national popular vote by over 2.6 million votes.
Non-partisan reasons Mr. Trump is unfit for the Presidency.
1. Free Press. Mr. Trump has been unwilling to hold a news conference since the election, and instead communicates to the public with childish tweets that contain false statements of fact. His tweets show how easily manipulated he is by those wanting to harm our country and our democracy. Search realDonaldTrump/tweets
2. Foreign Affairs. Mr. Trump does not consult with non-partisan State Department staff before taking visits and calls from foreign heads of state. He has said in this past Sunday’s Fox News interview that he does not need to receive the President’s Daily Brief from intelligence officers, and he does not believe U.S. intelligence agencies conclusion that the Russians interfered in the election. He let off a tweet storm against China after its government filed a formal complaint following his post-election call with the Taiwanese President, a breach of a 40-year old diplomatic understanding between China and the U.S
3. Justice. Mr. Trump does not understand it is not within his power to decide whether or not the Justice Department prosecutes Hilary Clinton. Justice for citizens has nothing whatsoever to do with whether he wants to “hurt” Hilary Clinton, as he suggested in a 60 Minutes family interview following the election.
4. Business. Mr. Trump attacks union leaders and corporations (Boeing) in tweets with false statements of fact.
5. Conflicts of Interest. Mr. Trump makes no sign of following the advice of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics and prominent attorneys to divest himself of his real estate interests worldwide. He has said his children will run his widespread business empire. His daughter Ivanka Trump meets with foreign heads of state along with her father, and plans to move to Washington DC with her husband to advise Mr. Trump if he becomes President.
I urge readers to urge the Electoral College to withhold support for Mr. Trump.
Ms. Assmus is a Princeton resident.