Art Sisneros, a GOP elector from Texas, has resigned his Electoral College position instead of honoring the signed pledge to vote for Trump when the college meets December 19. He made the announcement on his blog, The Blessed Path: Delighting in the law of the LORD (you can’t make this shit up), saying:
“If Trump is not qualified and my role, both morally and historically, as an elected official is to vote my conscience, then I can not and will not vote for Donald Trump for President. I believe voting for Trump would bring dishonor to God.”
In the blog, entitled, Conflicted Elector in a Corrupt College, Sisneros explains how his conscience has finally gotten the best of him:
“When running for the Presidential Elector Nominee some six months ago, I had no idea the conflict that would ensue both from without and within. To say that it has been an educating experience’ would be an understatement.”
Oh, Art, it has been educating for everyone, and like you, we all wish we could jump off this sinking Trump-ship. Unlike some states such as Arizona, Idaho, Michigan and Georgia which don’t have pledges to prevent electors from going rogue and voting against the Republican party candidate, Texas does, which Sisneros admits he “freely signed.” This was, of course, before Trump was elected not only to lead the GOP party but, gag, lead the country.
Sisneros gets his inspiration for the revolt from “the law of nature’s God,” which he says gives “clear principles for electing civil leaders.”
“The original intent of the Constitution gives a specific method that to apply those principles. The Republican party of Texas declares their #1 principle is to honor God and original intent of the Constitution. They then force Electors to make a pledge that is contrary to both. To point out this discrepancy is treasonous.”
Given the way Trump reacts when anyone slights him even… um, slightly, we can only imagine what would happen to poor Sisneros if he actually chose to be a “faithless elector.” Indeed, Trump would find him guilty of the most treacherous of treason, punishable by a torturous death of Twitter rants.
So, why specifically doesn’t Sisneros want to support Trump?
“I do not see how Donald Trump is biblically qualified to serve in the office of the Presidency. Of the hundreds of angry messages that I have received, not one has made a convincing case from scripture otherwise.”
“I believe to resign is to honor the intent of the pledge as it relates to the people of my district. Since I can’t in good conscience vote for Donald Trump, and yet have sinfully made a pledge that I would, the best option I see at this time is to resign my position as an Elector.”
It sounds like Sisneros has done a lot of soul-searching lately, which seems like a waste of time when all he would have needed to do was a quick Google search to see why Trump is by far the scariest thing to happen to America and is in no way in line with any Christian principles, let alone humanity’s.
Let’s just hope more Republicans will ask themselves “What would Jesus do?” in the next few weeks – 37 GOP electors will to need to listen to their conscience and change their votes by December 19th. Let’s pray they do.
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