Electoral College vote: Protesters urge Georgia GOP electors to defy Trump

Protesters rally against Donald Trump outside Georgia statehouse. AJC/Greg Bluestein

Protesters rally against Donald Trump outside Georgia statehouse. AJC/Greg Bluestein

Dozens of protesters gathered outside Georgia’s statehouse Monday to urge the state’s 16 Republican electors to back another candidate and defy Donald Trump.

The last-ditch demonstration was likely to be fruitless: There was no sign of dissent among the electors, a group of stalwart GOP activists and early Trump supporters.

Still, Trump critics chanting “this is what democracy looks like” aimed to make a late appeal as they circled Liberty Plaza. They are making a last stand as electors convene in statehouses around the nation for the Electoral College vote to formally make Trump president.

“I am here because I am afraid for our country. I am afraid for minorities. I am afraid for gays and lesbians and for women,” said Valerie Gilbert, one of the demonstrators. “And I am hoping that the electors will have a last-minute change of heart. They need to do what’s right for our country.”

It seems the longest of long shots. An Associated Press survey of more than 330 electors from both parties showed the overwhelming majority are sticking to their candidates. And 15 of the 16 Georgia electors reached by the AJC — dedicated GOP activists hand-picked by Republican party leaders — said they would support Trump.

The last elector will be tapped later Monday to replace Baoky Vu, who was forced to resign this summer after indicating he wouldn’t support Trump. That pick is likely to be Georgia GOP chair John Padgett, another Trump supporter.

Our AJC colleague Chris Joyner also caught up with a gaggle of demonstrators. Among them were Los Angeles residents Stephanie and Jesse Einstein, who struck out with brightly colored poster board signs to march around the Capitol. The Einsteins are actors in town to visit Stephanie’s family for the holidays.

Jesse Einstein acknowledged that any outcome other than the election of Trump was “incredibly unlikely.

“I mean, but all of this is unlikely,” he said. “There are so many things coming out.”

The Einsteins said they were particularly concerned about foreign influence in the electoral process. Jesse Einstein singled out Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s work for Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russian former president of Ukraine as an example.

“Watergate cost a president his job,” Jesse said. “This is so much bigger than that.”

 

Read more about Georgia’s Electoral College vote:

Georgia Republicans to stick by Trump in Electoral College vote

Electoral College vote: Live updates on state-by-state voting

Anti-Trump groups step up pressure on Georgia GOP electors

Georgia GOP electors say they won’t be swayed from voting for Trump

An Electoral College revolt against Donald Trump is quickly quashed in Georgia


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260 comments
Lynn Norman
Lynn Norman

They DID what was right for America!!!

Pj Pryse
Pj Pryse

SO SAD FOR ALL THE GOOD IT DID.

Lisa Suddeth
Lisa Suddeth

They did what was right for our country. You crybabies need to man up/woman up and stop acting like spoiled 12 year olds.

Patrick Harrington
Patrick Harrington

They did vote their conscience and that's why Trump won . So go home and either deal with it or chew on a cyanide tablet . It's that simple and the only options you have

Summer Smith
Summer Smith

Isn't it funny how the liberals democrats who condemned Trump for saying he might not accept the election results......are the same people not accepting the results. Hypocrisy at it best by liberal democrats! It is Ignorance like this that is crippling America.

Everett Allen
Everett Allen

you bunch of tratiors to this country got you evil butts handed to you for threatening the electors. you acted like criminals and we all know what is going to happen to criminals soon

David Wood
David Wood

Look at those loud mouthed cent not accept the facts Liberial socialists with nothing better to do than to run their mouths.... All for nothing but 10 minutes of fame thanks to your media dipshits... Enjoy the fact you all accomplished......NOTHING.... Haha.... Geeze....it's over....stop your whining...

Deline Bishop Mauro
Deline Bishop Mauro

The People chose who they wanted , so the Right thing to do is vote for what the People chose not what the elector wants. Geeze

Ben Bush
Ben Bush

A recommendation for Hillary Clinton. "Top 5 Fat Burners for 2017" 1. Adhering to a hypocaloric diet 2. Consuming fewer Calories than you burn 3. Burning more Calories than you consume 4. Creating an energy deficit 5. Cocaine _______

Shearon Miller
Shearon Miller

What the Hell you people TRUMP is the President for a long time ,Amen, he has done more for you ( the American people) than Obama has in the eight yrs. he been in the chair

John Edward Woods
John Edward Woods

Rump will get all the votes. Your vote doesn't matter. WAKE the F..k up!

Caron Williams Ewing
Caron Williams Ewing

Boo!! Go home and accept your historical defeat!!!\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Fran Simonds
Fran Simonds

They did what is right and Trump won by fair methods so he is coming for you crooked people

Robert Lumpkin
Robert Lumpkin

You are ignorant and should not allow yourself to vote until all facts are examined. If you prefer Hilary over Trump then you are what's wrong with not just this country but the whole world.

Debra Pischke
Debra Pischke

I was also a Democrat for many years! Never will I ever vote Democrat again!\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8

Carrol LaFleur
Carrol LaFleur

They made right choice \U0001f640\U0001f44d\U0001f44f

Debra Pischke
Debra Pischke

They all did what's right for our Country!\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f44d

Hilda Hill
Hilda Hill

Surely voted according to our conscience...TRUMP! LOL

Cheryl Ann
Cheryl Ann

DONALD J. TRUMP 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!!

Mary Rider
Mary Rider

President Trump Nov. 8 and now President again, Dec 20. America stands united.

Sharon Bartlebaugh
Sharon Bartlebaugh

You wait till the next Dem wins we need to act like this. We didn't vote for Obama but we didn't act like this.

Andy McClure
Andy McClure

Haha, at least one did change his mind up north. Voted for Bernie instead of Hillary. Was dismissed and replaced by an alternate who towed the line and voted for Clinton. So much for "vote your conscience." lol

Bill Mullen
Bill Mullen

Trump won in a landslide across America these liberals are ridiculous

Bill Mullen
Bill Mullen

Whinny cry babies want their criminal HilLairY

Paul Kerr
Paul Kerr

Six protesters show up and the AJC is all over it. What a disgrace. I was at a rally in front of CNN years ago with at least 15,000 folks & they put a negative spin on it, said 200 were there.

Shel Barsanti
Shel Barsanti

If they do whats right then Trump will be president. I would say the same if Hilory had gotten the most electoral votes.

Javier Rodriguez
Javier Rodriguez

If the protesters or do nothing but cause trouble then I think they got some very boring life where we got to work together and you will find out Trump is a lot better than Obama police he don't disrespect our flag our military our country

Tonja Augmon-Bennett
Tonja Augmon-Bennett

Tired of folks thinking they can speak for all blacks. Not all blacks are Hilary/socialism supporters. Black, non-Hilary supporters are not all coons and Uncle Toms. Most are well educated, hard working, contributing members of society that have assets and support free thinking. #BothFeetOffOfThePlantation

David Jones
David Jones

Go Georgia. A new President. Make America great

Gladys Freeman
Gladys Freeman

Norma, You are a FOOL. He is going to hurt you, not just Black people.

Curtis Aker Jr.
Curtis Aker Jr.

I am sooo sick of the Liberal Left....go live somewhere else and whine!