Donald Trump’s victory for in the presidential election can still be overturned. The many complicated barriers of the voting system in the US can still provide hope to the millions of Americans and many more around the globe who supported Hilary Clinton or dislike Donald Trump. The potential for the turn of events narrows down to the Electoral College that has the power to elect a different president. The 12th December is a crucial date, it is the day where the Electoral College confirms the president of the United States through another set of elections held in each state. Usually in these final elections, the electors would vote for their party and so confirming their allegiance to the winning party of the state, overall it is very likely the electors will cast their vote for Donald Trump. However, Trump is an incredibly controversial individual as his campaign only benefitted the typical American middle-class Christian white male, while upsetting many other groups of people who felt targeted by his harsh words and impending actions against them. The announcement of Trump’s triumph had immediately sparked protests from countless Americans, as many are walking down the streets with banners saying ‘Not my President’ – a slogan so popular it has become a Twitter hashtag. Over 3.6 million people have signed a petition asking the electors to vote for Mrs Clinton in December, as they have not come to terms with the idea that their future president has admitted to actions amounting to sexual assaults. On top of this, his ultra-conservative values make the American people believe that he is unfit for Presidency. The members of the Electoral College could change their minds if they listen to the American people. These electors are called ‘faithless Electors’, who can change their minds and go against their party.
Trump’s journey can be stopped, because, unlike Mrs Clinton, he had not won the popular vote thus making it a possibility for the people to convince the electors for a new president. In order for Trump to be overthrown, a large number of electors would be needed to vote him out – 21 states out of 29 to be precise. Already 42 faithless electors have arisen for Mrs Clinton. In August, Republican Chris Suprun member of the Electoral College in Texas told Politico that he may vote for his rival Clinton in December because he finds it challenging to relate to Trump’s behavior and disbelieved that ‘he made it through the process’, other likeminded Republican electors such as the Georgian elector Baoky Vu will be voting Trump out. A division in the Republican Party could also be key in blocking Mr Trump’s access to the office in Washington and a loophole for Mrs Clinton to reclaim her victory. Even though it is incredibly rare, there have been instances of faithless electors voting for their rivals instead, most recently an elector in Minnesota voted for John Edwards rather than John Kerry. With more revelations coming in against Mr Trump, perhaps the electors may change their minds and instead go with the opinions of the popular vote instead. After all it is an event as unlikely as Trump becoming president-elect.
The historic origins and purpose of the Electoral College, was a method derived from the founding fathers to protect the Americans from a tyrant, as the people voted for a elector who will then go on to vote for the President who they believed had the right credentials to be president. So far, doubts have risen amongst the members of the Electoral College due to the recent sexual assault allegations towards Mr Trump as well as his inexperience in politics.
In conclusion, despite the possibility of the Electoral College of voting Mr Trump out, the chances are incredibly slim. Mr Trump has won the majority of the Electoral College by attaining 290 electoral votes to 228 for Mrs Clinton, by winning the major states such as Wisconsin, Florida and Pennsylvania. Faithless voters have never managed to change the election results, in spite of their chances of doing so, as history states that only 1% of the voters have turned against their party. Therefore, it is likely that Trump will transition smoothly from being the President-Elect to the President of the United States of America. However in the year of Leicester City, Brexit and now Donald Trump who would rule out the improbable let alone the impossible?
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