Anti-Trump supporters continue to harass, threaten Kansas electors

The six Republican members of the Electoral College in Kansas say they will vote for Trump, despite thousands of emails urging them otherwise. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
The six Republican members of the Electoral College in Kansas say they will vote for Trump, despite thousands of emails urging them otherwise. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas presidential electors are continuing to be harassed by anti-Trump supporters even a month after the general election took place.

“You have a winner and you have a loser and on the losing side they are just not able to completely accept the results this time and this is why they are pushing us to switch our vote,” said Kansas Republican Party Chairman and Kansas Presidential Elector Kelly Arnold.

Arnold said he has received more than 50,000 emails since the Nov. 8 election. The emails are from people asking him to not vote for Trump when the electors meet on Dec. 19.

“I had a day this week where I had over 10,000 emails and they continue to come in,” Arnold said.

Arnold expects the emails, letters and phone calls to continue to come in especially as national media outlets highlight the electors and the electoral college leading up to the Dec. 19 vote.

“What happens is national news stories will pop up and everybody will go find out how they can contact us and then they start reaching out,” he said.

That was especially true this week when Texas Republican Elector Chris Suprun announced he would not cast his electoral vote for Trump, making him one of the first faithless electors of the 2016 election.

“I believe as an elector you need to follow what your state voted for and you know I’m kind of discouraged that he would come out against his own state, against his own Republican voters,” Arnold said. “I know in Texas they had to sign an oath that they would support the candidate and apparently an oath doesn’t mean anything to him.”

Suprun’s not the only elector to make national headlines. In November, Art Sisneros of Texas, resigned his position as an elector so he wouldn’t have to vote.

There’s also a lot of talk sweeping the nation about ‘Hamilton Electors.’ They’re a group of electors who said they plan to protest Trump and write in an alternative Republican.

Arnold said while he respects the other electors’ opinions, he said it’s unlikely their efforts will be enough to oust Trump.

“Donald Trump has already filled half of his cabinet and by the time this happens they are going to be well upon their way of forming the foundation of their administration,” he said.