GOP Elector Claims Russian Hacking Justifies Defecting From Trump


Texas Republican Elector Chris Suprun, who two weeks ago said he would not cast his electoral vote on Monday for President-elect Donald Trump, affirmed Monday that he will cast his vote for Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

“It’s time for electors of good conscience — my fellow members of the Republican Party — to protect the U.S. Constitution and defend the American people. Stand up and be counted. History will remember what you do in this moment,” he wrote in a column published by The Hill.

Suprun’s column follows an extensive weekend of tweets on his plans to oppose Trump.

Suprun initially said he would not vote for Trump because the billionaire was not qualified.

“Mr. Trump goes out of his way to attack the cast of ‘Saturday Night Live’ for bias. He tweets day and night, but waited two days to offer sympathy to the Ohio State community after an attack there. He does not encourage civil discourse, but chooses to stoke fear and create outrage,” Suprun wrote in a Dec. 5 New York Times guest column in which he announced his intent to vote for Kasich.

Kasich has said he does not want electors supporting him on Monday.

On Monday, Suprun cited new rationales.

“I’m gravely concerned that Russian President Vladimir Putin helped Trump win the Republican primary, in addition to the general election,” he wrote.

Further, Suprun said that the lack of an intelligence briefing meant that electors are not qualified to vote.

“Since Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced that we would not be getting briefed, I feel strongly that my fellow electors and I do not have enough information to adequately decide who to vote for today,” he wrote. “Only Members of Congress, who have full intelligence briefings and ongoing accountability to the American people, can properly decide if Mr. Trump is qualified to be elected to serve as president on January 20th.”

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