In what was arguably the most televised Electoral College vote in history, Donald Trump officially secured the presidency yesterday as electors met respectively at their state capitols to cast their votes.
What no one expected, however, was the defectors from Hillary’s vote. After all the hubbub in the media about possible vote-switching by Trump electors, all eyes were on the red states. But then to everyone’s surprise at least four of Hillary electors voted last-minute for Bernie Sanders in what amounted to more salt in the wound for Team Clinton.
Here’s more from Washington Times:
The Electoral College officially voted Monday to select Donald Trump as the 45th president as noisy anti-Trumpprotests across the country fizzled, and Democrats ended up with an even worse black eye in the results.
Mr. Trump defied predictions that he would lose “dozens” of GOP electors in a historic show of discontent. Instead, only two Republicans defected — less than the four who abandoned Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the Monday vote.
The president-elect called his 304 votes — significantly more than the 270 needed for victory — “a historic electoral landslide,” said it was bigger than anyone in the media expected and again vowed to be a unifying force in the White House.
“This election represents a movement that millions of hard working men and women all across the country stood behind and made possible,” he said in a statement. “I will work hard to unite our country and be the President of all Americans.”
His assurances, however, have done little to quell unrest among his opponents, underscoring both the fears he himself stoked during his unorthodox campaign and the efforts Democrats are already making to try to dent his legitimacy as president.