A Texas Republican who is a member of the Electoral College stepped down from his post over the weekend, saying that voting for the president-elect “would bring dishonor to God.” Art Sisneros resigned in a statement published to the blog The Blessed Path, referring to himself as a “conflicted elector in a corrupt college” who could not “in good conscience vote for Donald Trump.”
“If Trump is not qualified and my role, both morally and historically, as an elected official is to vote my conscience, then I can not and will not vote for Donald Trump for President. I believe voting for Trump would bring dishonor to God,” Sisneros wrote. “The reality is Trump will be our President, no matter what my decision is.
“Since I can’t in good conscience vote for Donald Trump, and yet have sinfully made a pledge that I would, the best option I see at this time is to resign my position as an Elector,” Sisneros continued. “This will allow the remaining body of Electors to fill my vacancy when they convene on Dec 19 with someone that can vote for Trump. The people will get their vote… I will sleep well at night knowing I neither gave in to their demands nor caved to my convictions. I will also mourn the loss of our republic.”
Sisneros previously had voiced his displeasure with Trump as a nominee, and floated the possibility of becoming a faithless elector should he win. If he had, he would join at least half a dozen other electors who have refused to vote for Trump. While many, Sisneros apparently included, would see such an act as undemocratic, the fact is the Electoral College is an entirely undemocratic system to begin with and was designed to prevent the appointment of a disastrous candidate like Trump should the people decide to elect him. So might as well use the system the way it was intended, the argument goes.
Unfortunately, while Sisneros’ actions speak to President-elect Trump’s profound disqualifications, the Texas Republican is too much of a weenie to do anything about them. If he truly cared about the “loss of the republic,” he would fight for it, and not step down like some selfish dingus so he can sleep at night.