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(1,494 posts)
Thu Dec 8, 2016, 02:28 PM Dec 2016

Daily Kos: Arizona Republic - "37 votes can take presidency from Trump... That's All it Will Take:

Arizona Republic - "37 votes can take presidency from Trump... That's All it Will Take: 37"

Combined with the over the top reaction by the Republican SecState of Colorado in response to 2 Dem electors reducing Clinton's electoral vote count by 2... (www.politico.com/...) I'm feeling the tires starting to just maybe gain a little traction...

Trump, however, won enough states to garner 306 Electoral College votes, more than the 270 (out of 538) needed for him to be declared the winner.

Unless …

Thirty-seven people choose not to vote for him.

That’s all it will take: 37.
Is the Trump camp sweating this a little bit? Idea starting to resonate a little? That we can right this wrong with just a little bit of intestinal fortitude?



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(491 posts)
1. Very very very unlikely. If you want to keep holding your breath, yes....
Thu Dec 8, 2016, 02:41 PM
Dec 2016

37 votes can take the presidency from Trump. BUT....

The chance that those 37 voters will vote for Hillary is almost 0% so SHE WILL NOT WIN

If by some chance those 37 voters do vote for some other Republican, which probably is a less than 1% chance, then Congress will choose the President from the top 3 vote getters which would be Trump, Hillary, or some 3rd unnamed Republican. Congress will most likely pick Trump since they stuck with him at the convention even though they could have replaced him then...

So, I'm not sure what you're suggesting, but the chance of something happening are about as good as the recount working out...


(21,946 posts)
2. I read that law and from what I understand is only if someone doesn't get a majority, does
Thu Dec 8, 2016, 02:47 PM
Dec 2016

the congress get a crack at it.


Jim Lane

(11,175 posts)
8. A very slightly less unlikely version involved a coalition with the Clinton electors
Fri Dec 9, 2016, 04:49 AM
Dec 2016

It would take 38, not 37, and more than 38 if not all the Clinton electors went along -- so also nothing to hold one's breath about. But the idea would be to keep it away from the House. The 232 Clinton electors recognize that she won't become President. They (or enough of them) decide that McCain or Romney or some other more-or-less-normal Republican would be less bad than Trump. Enough Republican electors join them in voting for the mainstream Republican, whom they prefer to Trump. Thus, the McCain/Romney/whoever type emerges as a bipartisan compromise candidate with at least 270 electoral votes.

Will it happen? Of course not. About all you can say for it is that it's less implausible than finding 38 Republican Party loyalists in the Electoral College to vote for Hillary Clinton for President.


(413 posts)
3. I'd hate to see what the Trumpkins do if this happens
Thu Dec 8, 2016, 02:57 PM
Dec 2016

I imagine it would be the typical over the top violence we're accustomed to from these knuckle draggers but I would accept that if it didn't mean we had to live with their choice for us as President.

As much as I'd like for this to happen I think it's a pipe dream, we really need to come up with a better plan than convince 37 Republican Electors to risk their lives (and the lives of their families) in order to stop Trump.

Most Republicans I know seem to be content to "ride out" his Presidency but that isn't an option for all of us. While they seem to think they have him under control I think he's just playing nice until he gets behind the desk at which point the magnitude of President Trump will be felt.


(1,551 posts)
4. Michigan should withhold its 16 EV votes.....too many improprieties, and no way to recount due to
Thu Dec 8, 2016, 02:58 PM
Dec 2016

broken machines.



(11,088 posts)
5. The idea is that they will reduce Trump's vote below 270 so that
Thu Dec 8, 2016, 03:14 PM
Dec 2016

they give congress the chance to vote for an alternative, normal evil Republican.

Given some of the personal animosity between many Republicans in Congress and Trump. The chances of them voting for somebody else are somewhat there.


(22,712 posts)
6. I imagine that would be what any of our founding fathers would choose to do
Thu Dec 8, 2016, 03:20 PM
Dec 2016

I'm not confident that there are 37 electors familiar with the intent of our union, let alone, able to determine right from wrong.

We're fcuked! There's nowhere to hide from the destruction to come. Superlatives will fall flat.



(2,542 posts)
7. DailKos is probably not accounting for rabid leftist electors who claim they won't vote for HRC
Thu Dec 8, 2016, 03:23 PM
Dec 2016

despite her winning their states.

The fringes of both parties are still united in idiocy, it seems.

sofa king

(10,857 posts)
9. The plan isn't to give it to HRC, it's to take it from Trump.
Fri Dec 9, 2016, 06:52 AM
Dec 2016

Toss the election into Congress by ensuring that nobody has a majority of electoral votes, then NOT VOTE AT ALL to select a successor. Paul Ryan inherits the White House as Acting President without a single vote and nobody to blame.

If that really is the plan, we should expect to see some damaging--truly damaging--disclosures about Trump and his gangsters within the next five to eight days.

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