Harvard University Professor Claims That 20 Republican ‘Faithless Electors’ Are Considering Voting Against Trump

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larry-lessig-wikipediaIf what a Harvard University constitutional law professor is claiming is true, the plot to steal the Electoral College vote from Donald Trump is far more serious than most people thought. Larry Lessig briefly pursued the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, but these days he is using his position as a Harvard law professor to try to stop Donald Trump. His new organization is called “Electors Trust”, and it has been acting as a central hub for the campaign to deny Trump the 270 votes that he needs to become the next president. If this effort is to be successful, anti-Trump forces need to flip 37 of Trump’s votes, and Lessig says that so far 20 Republican electors are considering voting against Trump. Of course there are many that are skeptical of his claims, but why would a Harvard constitutional law professor lie about something like this?


If Lessig is telling the truth, the Trump team should be deeply alarmed. It would be a grave mistake to simply assume that this Electoral College vote will be a formality, and we will find out on Monday what happens.

And without a doubt Lessig is in a position to know what is going on, because according to Politico his organization has been serving “as a clearinghouse for electors to privately communicate their intentions”…

Larry Lessig, a Harvard University constitutional law professor who made a brief run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, claimed Tuesday that 20 Republican members of the Electoral College are considering voting against Donald Trump, a figure that would put anti-Trump activists more than halfway toward stalling Trump’s election.

Lessig’s anti-Trump group, “Electors Trust,” has been offering pro bono legal counsel to Republican presidential electors considering ditching Trump and has been acting as a clearinghouse for electors to privately communicate their intentions.

If they only had a handful of votes, I really doubt that Lessig would put his reputation on the line by going public like this. But now that they are more than halfway to their goal, he is probably hoping that a last minute publicity push will put them over the top. If the rest of the Republican electors are made aware that many Trump voters are already willing to flip, that may encourage others to join the cause

“Obviously, whether an elector ultimately votes his or her conscience will depend in part upon whether there are enough doing the same. We now believe there are more than half the number needed to change the result seriously considering making that vote,” Lessig said.

Personally, I don’t think that it is going to work.

But I am alarmed enough about this effort that this is the third article that I have written about it this week alone.

On Wednesday, we also learned that U.S. officials are now claiming that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “personally involved” in the effort to interfere with the presidential election. The following was reported by NBC News

U.S. intelligence officials now believe with “a high level of confidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used. The intelligence came from diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies, the officials said.

This revelation comes on the heels of a letter that was signed by 40 members of the Electoral College asking Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for a briefing on Russian interference in the election…

Forty members of the Electoral College on Tuesday signed a letter demanding an intelligence briefing on Russian interference in the election ahead of their Dec. 19 vote.

Ten electors originally signed the letter when it was published Monday, and 30 more have since added their names.

The open letter — led by Christine Pelosi, the daughter of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) — urged Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to give a detailed briefing on President-elect Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

Needless to say, there are many out there that are hoping to make as much as possible of this “Russian interference” angle in hopes that it will influence the votes of some electors.

To many on the left, it makes perfect sense to try to deny Trump the presidency even though he won the election fair and square. Here is a typical example of their reasoning

Yet, at least outside of political fiction, there has probably never been a better election for electors to go against what their states’ voters wanted. Recent revelations by the Central Intelligence Agency that Russia actively engaged in this very close election to advantage Trump, and that Russia maintains leverage over him with unreleased information, call into question the legitimacy of a Trump presidency. Add to that Trump’s erratic and destructive behavior over the past month, the fact that nearly three million more voters preferred his opponent to him, his work to undermine relations with China, the fact that he considers his own uninformed opinions about international security superior to the evaluations of the nation’s intelligence agencies, and the near certainty that he’d be in violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause on the day he is sworn in, and you really don’t get a more appropriate opportunity for Republican electors to rethink their states’ choice.

To those that supported Trump this is utter lunacy, but this is actually what many on the left are thinking.

Fortunately, at this point it appears that they are going to come up short. Even though Lessig claims that 20 Republican electors are considering abandoning Trump, the vast majority are solidly behind him

Virtually all Republican electors reached by The Hill said they will vote enthusiastically for Trump.

“I’m voting how the people of Florida have told me to vote,” said Brian Ballard, a Florida elector who raised money for Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio during the GOP primary. “I don’t know anyone who isn’t. I appreciate people using First Amendment rights to reach out and try to convince me otherwise, but I’m obligated to support Trump because he won Florida.

“Also, I love the guy and want him to be president.”

So hopefully the vote next Monday will go as planned.

There hasn’t been more than a single “faithless elector” in any presidential election since 1832, and even though it is likely that we will see some this time, it would take something extraordinary for the anti-Trump forces to come up with the 37 votes that they need to push Trump under 270 votes and throw the election into the House of Representatives.

I don’t believe that they will be successful, but we have already seen during this election season that we should expect the unexpected.

About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The Most Important News. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

  • K

    “If they only had a handful of votes, I really doubt that Lessig would put his reputation on the line by going public like this.” What reputation? The easiest way to convince the weak minded to join you. Is to assure them they are just one in a much larger group.

    • “The easiest way to convince the weak minded to join you. Is to assure them they are just one in a much larger group.”

      Indeed! This very tactic worked out well for the Rust Belt voters. electoralcollegepetition {dot} com/3-12-californians-equal-others/#gs.exctSZM

      • algol2000

        Carrie the ventriloquist at it again. How is bio-mechanical engineering these days?

        • “Carrie the ventriloquist at it again”
          Responding to someone in the third person is a sign of schizophrenia.

          Please stop making all right-leaning people appear to have psychiatric illnesses when it’s really just you.

          • algol2000

            When did you become right-leaning? Did you break your left elbow?

          • I don’t know that I ever “became” Right-leaning; I was raised in our Republican home from birth, and have only ever voted GOP (or the rare Libertarian candidate like Ross Perot).

            My Disqus handle is even “Beleaguered Conservative” ffs. It’s harder and harder to admit being on the Right when the GOP is willingly turning into such a sick cesspool that it is today, but online is safe and anonymous.

            I’d merrily break every joint in my body if it meant that the Right could return to the pre-neo-not-see days. Reagan might just come back to life to mow down today’s Kremlin-loving “Republicans”., with Crooked, Lyin’ Donald in the front of the firing squad first.

          • algol2000

            Kremlin loving repubs means “no war, can get along without bloodshed”. Are you also a warmonger in support of the female draft?

          • Kremlin-loving Republican means “do whatever Daddy Putin says”, which will be backing Russia in all of its murder/wars.

            “Are you also […]”

            I gave up sharing personal views on sites like this, as anything I say will be cause for hysteria directed at whatever my response is. If I say I am for something or against something, you name-calling everything-haters try to come up with insults to suit your oppositional personalities. There is no need whatsoever for you — someone who came to this board specifically to call me names that in no way suit me — need to know my opinions on off-topic ideas. Go chase your tail.

          • algol2000

            Goodbye private Carrie. You wlll soon serve abort the USS Nothing.

  • Danuta Ewiak

    As can be seen, Donald Trump has many enemies. His election is associated with the plan of God, and therefore his enemies will not defeat him. Let me remind here a fragment of an ancient vision: “And [the king of the north] will go back (to) his land with great wealth [1945. This detail indicated that Hitler will attack also the Soviet Union and will fight to the bitter end. In the beginning there were no signs of such the ending of this war]; and his heart (will be) against the holy covenant [hostility towards Christians. Soviet Union introduced state atheism]; and will act [it means activity in the international arena]; and turned back to his own land [1991-1993. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. Russian troops returned to their country]. At the appointed time [he] will return back.” (Daniel 11:28, 29a) The return of Russia in this context means the breakup of the European Union and NATO. Many countries of the former Eastern block will reconcile with Russia. Such is the plan of God. It is no coincidence that Barack Obama wins presidency in 2008 and 2012. God in this way has secured us against a premature world war. The first should be the return of Russia, and then the war, and not vice versa. (Daniel 11:29,30; Matthew 24:7; Revelation 6:4) The victory of Donald Trump also is not accidental. (Jeremiah 1:12) There is hope for improvement in Russian-American relations. The world will be safer, at least for a moment. Nobody and nothing will change that.

    In 1882 British troops occupied Egypt. Great Britain then took the role of “the king of the south”. Around the same time, Russia expanded its influence in the region, which previously belonged to Seleucus I Nicator, and took the role of “the king of the north”. (Daniel 11:27)

    All the details of this vision are being fulfilled from the time of ancient Persia, in chronological order. It is true that this vision is variously interpreted. As one can see, it has a lot of details. Therefore the insightful person is able to detect any error or sophistry. (Daniel 12:10)

  • Barry Goldwater

    Americans handed Liberals a stunning defeat in 2010 and were told it didn’t really matter.
    Americans handed Liberals another defeat in 2014 retaking the Senate and we were told it didn’t really matter.
    Americans handed Liberals another stunning defeat this year electing Donald J Trump and Mike Pence President and Vice President and we’re being told the election doesn’t matter because Trump’s voters weren’t after all intelligent enough to make the call so the Liberal elite believing ultimately in their own intellectual superiority are planning a coup and trying to overturn the will expressed by a majority of 30 states.
    This provides a clear window into the hearts of the Liberal establishment confirming our suspicions and proving to America their aim not to relinquish power at whatever the cost. It illustrates their utter conceit and disdain for the heartland of America or the “flyover” region as they put it.
    I have just one word for those behind this attempt to circumvent the will of the people and that word is, DANGER !

    • “Americans handed Liberals another stunning defeat this year electing Donald J Trump[…]”

      No. Americans voted for the Crooked Kremlin Comrade’s opponent, not for him. The Electoral College (perhaps) is responsible for the dishonest candidate’s “election”, but because the dishonest person is throwing a tantrum about verifying the vote count, we will likely never know how the Electoral College went. (SO FUNNY HOW MERE WEEKS AGO, THIS SAME DISHONEST PERSON WAS DEMANDING A VOTE RECOUNT WHEN HE THOUGHT HE WASN’T GETTING ELECTED.)

      electoralcollegepetition {dot} com/3-12-californians-equal-others/#gs.1J0P2Jk

  • Lazarovic

    If they did, it would be perfectly legal, and you couldn’t do a thing about it. It’s Constitutional. Go ahead and revolt if you’re not for the Constitution. Officers who swore oaths to the Constitution will put your revolt down.

  • Scot Wm

    The mainstream media unamously predicted that Donald Trump would not become president in 2017. When Trump won the election, with 36 electorial votes to spare, the mainstream media was accused of distributing fake news. As we can plainly see, the election results are still being challenged by some very powerful people, who will do everything in their power to steal the presidency from Trump. There is a very good chance that Donald Trump will not be sworn in as president of the United States on January 20, 2017.

    • It wasn’t the MSM accused of distributing the fake news.

      If Deceitful Donald does not get sworn in, it will be because enough electors have the conscience to stand up to the malignant creature that he is… OR we will have a Twenty-fifth Amendment, Section Four deal wherein he would be stopped from ascending to the Presidency because he is completely, 100% incapable of handling the job.

      Some of you are all a-tingle looking for the Apocalypse to come asap, but let it happen naturally, not via Lyin, Crooked, Kremlin Comrade Donald.

      • Jim Davis

        And how was Bathhouse Barry qualified to be President? He had and still has ZERO accomplishments in his worthless life, other than an affirmative action degree from Harvard. Or for that matter the Hildabeast with her track record of incompetence and corruption.

        • I see you couldn’t find it in your heart to support Crooked Comrade Donald either. That’s good at least.

          As for [presumably?] Barack Obama, I don’t care for him, I didn’t/wouldn’t vote for him, but in these last days of his Presidency, even FoxNews is showering praise upon him for whatever his accomplishments are. I personally can’t be bothered to care what his accomplishments are… but only ignorant hate-filled blowhards use useless and false hysterical language like “ZERO accomplishments”, “worthless life”, and “affirmative action degree”.

          I have to lower my intelligence way, wayyy down to maybe affiliate “Hildebeast” with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. If that’s who you might mean, then you’re still showing that Crooked Comrade Donald (note the correct spelling of his name rather than the moron version that morons might reduce themselves to using) has no redeeming value if you find yourself grunting like a third-grader who tried to defend his own bad actions by pointing instead to the bad actions of someone else.

          Work on that if you want to start being treated as an adult with valid opinions. Crooked Comrade Donald’s track record of incompetence and corruption is by far and away infinitely more embarrassing than that of former Secretary of State Clinton’s. You didn’t vote for the better candidate, you voted for the oft-bankrupt sxxual predator with the “R” next to his name on the ballot.

          • Jim Davis

            tl;dr You should consider getting a job.

          • I work 50 to 60 hours per week as it is, Garfield. I don’t need any more of my taxes supporting the likes of you, thanks.

            p.s. learn to read, it will suck at first, but you’ll get through the pain.

  • ONLY twenty such electors have a conscience? What a shame. I hope more and more decide to grow a conscience. This would be the most illegitimate “president” our country has ever been saddled with.

    patheos {dot} com/blogs/frankschaeffer/2016/12/fact-no-trump-voter-can-deny-illegitimacy-hangs-donald-trumps-pending-presidency/

    • Brian

      Lazarovic and yourself are miserable, loathsome human beings. Your POS candidate lost, get over it already.

      Trump is a brilliant leader and he will go down as one of the greatest Presidents in our Nations history. I so look foward to 8 years of Donald as our commander and chief. That’s right, two glorious terms of President Donald J Trump!!! …. I love it, don’t u?!!!

      • “Your POS candidate lost, get over it already”

        My candidate wasn’t even running in 2016. How is that “losing” again? Or did you just make the moron ASSumption that because my moral & intellectual standards are too high to support a barely literate sxxual predator, that I therefore *must* support the far superior candidate he was [mostly] running against? Because I wasn’t supporting her, she was not “my” candidate. She was just the infinitely better candidate… or as I called her, the second-to-last WORST one running.

        “Trump is a brilliant leader and he will go down”
        He’s never been brilliant, nor a leader. What you just said is wholly unsupported by fact, history, or evidence. To claim Crooked, Bankrupt, Lyin’ Donald is brilliant OR a leader would be like you saying that the dung of h0m0sxxuals is the best breakfast you’ve ever begged for at truckstops. Simply unsupported by reality. Your opinion stops at the outside of your lips. Your opinions are not fact. I don’t treat MY opinions like fact because I never want to look like a mouth-breathing, chest-thumping, sxxual predator-supporting monster.

  • Scot Wm

    This electoral vote-reversal plot, and all other plots to invalidate the election results, are designed to cheat Donald Trump out of the presidency. However, the primary function of these schemes is to put Hillary Clinton in the White House, and time is running out. On January 6, 2017, Congress will meet in a joint session and count the electoral votes. Any plot to guarantee a Trump defeat, and a Democratic presidency, must be locked in place before this date.