Results of the presidential election have not gone down well with millions of Americans, leading to protest in many parts of the country. And in a related development, a Republican member of the Electoral College said he would resign from his position instead of supporting President-elect Donald Trump.
Art Sisneros, who was reportedly undecided on how to cast his vote till as recently as last week, announced his decision Monday to quit his position on the Electoral College where he was representing Texas.
“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,” Sisneros wrote in a blog post. “The reality is Trump will be our President, no matter what my decision is.”
Trump won Texas along with its 38 Electoral College votes and when the Texas electors convene Dec. 19 to vote for the President-elect, an alternate elector will replace Sisneros.
“The people will get their vote… I will sleep well at night knowing I neither gave in to their demands nor caved to my convictions,” Sisneros said. “I will also mourn the loss of our republic.”
Texas Republican Party chairman Tom Mechler said the elector’s replacement will be selected by the remaining electors when they meet Dec. 19. Politico quoted him as saying: “We respect Mr. Sisneros’ decision and appreciate his willingness to step down from his position as a Presidential Elector in Texas.”
Earlier this year, Sisneros told Politico he would consider voting against Trump. There are a number of Democratic electors who are considering going against the concept of the Electoral College by voting for a person who is not their state’s chosen nominee.