WASHINGTON, December 19, 2016 — “Even if I could,” Michael Banerian told The Detroit News, “I wouldn’t be remotely interested in changing my vote.”
Banerian is a Republican member of the Electoral College from Michigan.
“When people ask me to vote for Hillary Clinton, there’s no way,” Texas elector Alex Kim told NBC News, “I reject the Democratic Party principles and I reject Hillary Clinton.”
And Sharon Geise, an elector from Arizona, told the London Daily Mail she has received at least 50,000 emails asking her not to vote for Trump when the Electoral College meets on Monday.
“Obviously, their minds are made up and they’re not going to change. I’m not either.”
The left is not used to such unwavering certitude. Certainly, not from Republicans. Certainly, not Republican presidential losers like Arizona Sen. John McCain and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Certainly, not from the Republican halflings that make up the Republican leadership in Congress.
Then came Donald J. Trump.
The irascible, politically incorrect presidential candidate that paraded Bill Clinton’s sexual victims before the press and gave the lout’s wife the well-earned moniker “crooked Hillary.”
He defeated the Republican establishment, their preferred presidential candidates, The New York Times and its sad imitators, and last but not least – Hillary Clinton.
The left takes to the streets in protest of the electors and its comedians mock them even as its newspapers condemn them as racist, homophobic, child-eating monsters. But these Republicans don’t cower in a corner.
Not the nationalist, America-firsters of the Trump coalition. As a Washington Post headline proclaimed, “Many Trump supporters don’t care about the controversies dominating media coverage.”
That’s because they don’t trust the mainstream media’s fake news. Like the stories and polls saying Hillary Clinton’s coronation as queen was a 90 percent certainty.
Fake and fake.
The late Andrew Breitbart, who founded the website that bears his name and is considered the organ of what Clinton called the “Alt-Right,” said it best,
“If the political left weren’t so joyless, humorless, intrusive, taxing, over-taxing, anarchistic, controlling, rudderless, chaos-prone, pedantic, unrealistic, hypocritical, clueless, politically correct, angry, cruel, sanctimonious, retributive, redistributive, intolerant, and if the political left wasn’t hell-bent on expansion of said unpleasantness… If the American media were run by biased but not evil Tim Russert and David Brinkley types I wouldn’t have joined the fight. You would not know who I am. The left made me do it, I swear, I am a reluctant culture warrior.”
The same holds true for those Americans, many of whom voted for the first time last November. The voters angry Democrats and their angry friends in the media say are racist, homophobic, child-eating monsters.
Like the besmirched and maligned Republican voters, the GOP members of the Electoral College, the ones on the receiving end of death threats and media pressure, look upon the current political tempest and are not shaken, willing to bear it out even to the edge of doom.
The ones certain they are on the winning side of the culture war. The ones who on Monday will cast their votes for Donald Trump.