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Pleading with Florida electors not to elect Donald Trump

A full page ad in the Tampa Bay Times urges electors to oppose Donald Trump


A full page ad in the Tampa Bay Times urges electors to oppose Donald Trump



A political group founded by a California activist horrified by President-Elect Donald Trump bought a full page ad in Florida's biggest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times, urging Florida's 29 electors not to vote for Trump. The "open letter" in the Times' metro section today says Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20 "would present a grave and continual threat to the Constitution, to the domestic tranquility, and to international stability."

This effort was launched by a Democratic former city employee in  Long Beach, Calif., Daniel Brezenoff, who has raised more than $250,000 and started an online petition that has drawn at least five million signatures. Electors are not bound to vote for the winning candidate in their state, but as columnist John Romano noted recently, the anti-Trump lobbying of electors does not appear to be swaying many of them.

Newspaper ads also ran today in The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, the Austn American-Statesman, and Salt Lake Tribune, Brezenoff said.

Brezenoff's group and several others are planning nationwide protests of electoral college proceedings across the country, including Tallahassee

"The Electors have both the Constitutional right and the moral responsibility to stop Trump," Brezenoff said in a release Tuesday. “He lost the popular vote and he should lose on December 19 at the Electoral College."

“Russians hacking our democracy to elect Trump should tell you everything you need to know about him.  If Putin picked our President, not We the People, then Trump must be rejected by the Electoral College,” said Ryan Clayton of Americans Take Action, “Trump is a clear and present danger to our country and the world.  The men and women who died for our freedoms deserve better than this.”

Brezenoff told The Buzz today that protests will be held in 50 states and that Tallahassee should expect "hundreds, if not thousands" of people to turn out.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 2:12pm]


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