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Arizona’s Electoral College ignores protests, chooses Trump

Arizona’s Electoral College voters ignored hundreds of opponents of Republican Donald Trump and voted for him to be the country’s next president.

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The electors were all Republicans and were not expected to be swayed by the national effort to get them to vote against Trump to keep him from formally becoming president-elect.
They were chosen by the state GOP because Trump won the Arizona vote.

“They’re entitled to their opinion, I love the fact that they’re exercising their First Amendment right, but the reality is that voters in Arizona voted for Donald J. Trump,” state party chairman and elector Robert Graham said.

By mid-afternoon Monday, Trump had secured the presidency by going above the 270 Electoral College votes needed for a victory.
The effort by anti-Trump forces to persuade Republican electors to abandon the president-elect came to practically nothing, and the process unfolded across the nation largely according to its traditions.

”Stop Trump”
”Our electors should be our protectors”
“Alt-Wrong,” a play on the alt-right movement currently embraced by some white supremacists and white nationalists to refer to themselves and their ideology.

“I’m scared to death that we have the potential of Trump as president,” said Ken Kobre, 70, a Democrat who is a professor at San Francisco State University and currently lives in Scottsdale. “I think all the positive things that happened in the United States in the past 50 years are going to be turned back, including climate change, including attitudes toward foreigners, including anyone who’s any different than the straight white population. ”

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Vanessa Gamble of Buckeye said she wanted the electors to act independently and reject Trump, noting that the U.S. Constitution gives them that right.

“It was put in the Constitution for a reason, for them to be able to exercise their vote, for the conscience of America, to not get a demagogue in there,” Gamble said.

In 2012, several Republican members of the Electoral College in Arizona expressed doubts about the legitimacy of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate and whether he was a U.S. citizen, including a GOP leader who said he didn’t think Obama was “properly vetted as a legitimate candidate for president.

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