At least one elector who’s due to cast a formal ballot electing Donald Trump to the presidency – in accordance with America’s constitutional Electoral College process – said he’s been receiving vicious messages, including death threats, from those who’d rather he cast his vote for Hillary Clinton.
Michael Banerian, 22, is supposed to join with 15 other Michigan electors on December 19 to vote for Trump. But Banerian said Trump opponents have been pressuring him to instead pick Clinton.
“You have people saying ‘you’re a hateful bigot, I hope you die,’” he said, the Detroit News reported. “I’ve had people talk about shoving a gun in my mouth and blowing my brains out. And I’ve received dozens and dozens of those emails. Even the non-threatening-my-life emails are very aggressive.”
The Detroit News confirmed at least one of Banerian’s emailed messages included death threats – specifically, that the writer of the message would “put a bullet” in Banerian’s mouth.
And he’s not the only elector being threatened.
From the Detroit News:
“Trump’s opponents have deluged Banerian and other GOP electors with pleas and nasty emails to reverse course and cast their ballots for Clinton, according to the Michigan Republican Party. …
“Another elector, Kenneth Crider, said he hasn’t received any death threats or intimidating emails but has gotten more than 300 emails from people in other states asking him to vote for Clinton instead of Trump on Dec. 19.
“The 51-year-old heating and air conditioning professional from Livonia said many of the emails were from teachers and professors trying to explain to him the gravity of the situation, urging him to change his mind.”
To these two electors’ credit, both shrugged off the threats and said they were voting for Trump, no matter the intimidation.
But their story is only reflective of the outright outrageous opposition movement that’s been brewing on the left since Trump’s victory, as seen in the violent street protests at city spots around the nation and in an online petition at Change.org calling for electors to choose Clinton.
“We are calling on the electors to ignore their states’ votes and cast their ballots for Secretary Clinton,” the petition said. “Mr. Trump is unfit to serve. His scapegoating of so many Americans, and his impulsivity, bullying, lying, admitted history of sexual assault, and utter lack of experience make him a danger to the Republic.”
The petition has more than 4.3 million signatures.