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Protestors to electors: 'Vote for sanity' and 'say no to Trump'

Demonstrators hold signs outside the Florida Senate chamber to encourage the state’s 29 electors to oppose Donald Trump for president in the Electoral College vote on Monday.

Kristen M. Clark / Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Demonstrators hold signs outside the Florida Senate chamber to encourage the state’s 29 electors to oppose Donald Trump for president in the Electoral College vote on Monday.

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Fourteen-year-old Kathryn Plumb doesn’t want to grow up under a Donald Trump presidency.

“He goes back on his word and everything he says is untrustworthy,” Plumb said. “And the way he treats women is terrifying. As a kid, I don’t want to turn 18 and have him rule my teenage years or just be in charge of my life in general, because as a woman I can’t trust him to make decisions for me.”

That’s why Plumb and her mother, Leigh Touchton, traveled from their home in Valdosta, Georgia, to Florida’s Capitol on Monday and joined a couple hundred others in a demonstration to urge the state’s 29 electors to oppose the president-elect.

The formal Electoral College vote is at 2 p.m. but protesters began gathering at the Florida Capitol around 9:15 a.m., aiming to catch electors as they arrived and to make their case.

MORE: “Despite threats and lawsuits, Florida electors ready to vote for Donald Trump

Facing intense pressure from anti-Trump groups, none of Florida’s electors has publicly said they intend to change their vote and oppose Trump, and none is expected to. Many are loyal Trump supporters.

But the protesters in Tallahassee on Monday wanted to let the electors know they have allies if they do.

“We’re here today so we can show solidarity for those electors that want to vote against Trump and flip the vote,” said Maxwell Frost, of Orlando, who helped lead the demonstration as part of the group Democracy Spring, one of several groups organizing coordinated protests at state capitols nationwide on Monday.

“Not everyone is going to change their mind, that’s true — but we’re here for those who do want to change their mind,” Frost said.

More here.

[Last modified: Monday, December 19, 2016 12:55pm]

    

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