"The election of our next President is not over. On Nov. 8, voters chose electors who will on Dec. 19 meet in their respective states to vote for President.
Our Founding Fathers created what we now call the Electoral College to protect our country against the precise danger we now face: a demagogue who has manipulated and bullied voters, exploited fears and now threatens the very foundation of our republic.
The electors have an obligation to think deeply about the sanctity of our democracy and the national interest — and they are sworn to vote not for the most popular candidate in their state, or any party candidate for that matter, but for the individual who they think will best protect the nation and the Constitution.
The electors can save us by choosing a highly qualified Republican who respects our noble traditions, values and laws.
The public reaction after Nov. 8 — including spontaneous protests, but also widespread shock and revulsion from highly respected voices — is unusual for the depth of despair it expresses about what looks like the potential end of an inclusive, benevolent America. Most Americans are not sore losers (we have all accepted electoral losses in the past), but they fear that the election of a demagogue will bring the constitutional order to the brink of failure.
Donald Trump’s flagrant attacks on veterans, judges, generals, journalists, minorities and women make him a hateful divider, rather than the benevolent unifier all Presidents have sought to be, until now. Trump’s selections of extreme figures for his administration, his refusal to recuse himself from his personal business interests, his continued attacks on critics (including the actors in “Hamilton”) and his unwillingness to renounce incidents of hate and intolerance since his election show that he likely will not even try to be a President for more than his limited core of supporters.
The Electoral College must perform its constitutional role, providing a check against tyranny. In his authoritative explanation during the ratification of the constitution, Alexander Hamilton explained: The electors should “vote for some fit person as President.” They were not required to choose the most popular figure, and they were expected to resist the “heats and ferments” assembling behind “any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.”
Our current electors must fulfill their clear constitutional duty of denying a unqualified demagogue..."