Donald Trump was the first candidate in decades to refuse to disclose his tax returns. Now that he has been elected President, it is more important than ever that he disclose his assets and divest himself of his investments. Ralph Nader and Mark Green have sent a public letter to Trump. As explained in the letter, Trump’s refusal to disclose and divest his investments would dicate that he forfeit the Presidency. Mr. Trump has not only failed to divest himself of his principal holdings but is unwilling even to quit his job at “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
Next Monday, December 19, America has one last chance to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president. The Founding Fathers adopted the Electoral College to ensure that the presidency would not go to an unqualified candidate who won over the masses with his “talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity,” as Alexander Hamilton put it. Many say the election of a reality-TV star with extensive foreign ties is exactly the kind of scenario for which the Electoral College was created. If Trump fails to receive the 270 majority required to secure the presidency, the election would be decided by the House of Representatives, where Republicans have a solid majority. Even if “faithless electors” give another candidate more than 270 votes, an obscure rule will allow Congress to challenge the outcome of the Electoral College vote. Republicans in Congress have demonstrated reservations about Trump. It is possible that the Republicans in the House could elect someone like John Kasich or Marco Rubio, either of whom would be so much better for the country than Trump.
Trump won 306 Electoral College votes to Clinton’s 232, and if 37 of his electors vote for someone else, no candidate will secure a majority. The effort is being spearheaded by a group that’s dubbed themselves the “Hamilton Electors.” At last count, eight Democratic electors from Colorado and Washington and one Republican had pledged to vote for a GOP moderate as a “compromise candidate.” (Their top choice, Ohio governor John Kasich, has asked electors not to vote for him.)
In addition to launching a social-media campaign to win over other electors, two Hamilton Electors from Colorado filed a lawsuit challenging a state law that requires them to vote for the candidate who received the most votes in Colorado. Similar legal efforts are under way in California and Florida.
Larry Lessig, a Harvard law professor who’s part of a group offering free legal advice to GOP electors, claimed on Tuesday that despite these developments there are 20 Republican electors considering voting against Trump. “Obviously, whether an elector ultimately votes his or her conscience will depend in part upon whether there are enough doing the same,” Lessig said. “We now believe there are more than half the number needed to change the result seriously considering making that vote.”
While it may be unlikely, there is still a path that leads to our next President as someone other than Donald Trump.