A Republican elector in Texas has stepped down from his position, claiming that he cannot cast a vote for president-elect Donald Trump — because he is not “biblically qualified.”
Elector Art Sisneros of Dayton explained his reasoning in a blog post titled, “Conflicted Elector in a Corrupt College,” which he published over the weekend.
“When running for the Presidential Elector Nominee some six months ago, I had no idea the conflict that would ensue both from without and within,” Sisneros began. “To say that it has been an ‘educating experience’ would be an understatement.”
Sisneros explained that he had ran for the position with a “basic understanding of the difference between a republic and a pure democracy.
“In my speech before the convention, I mentioned that nothing exemplified the difference between these two forms of the government more than the Electoral College. I admit, at the time, I was ignorant how deeply that held true,” he wrote.
In his post, he compared the nation’s voters to children who want to eat Skittles for dinner.
“Good parents act in the best interest of their children. At times this may even be contrary to the desire of the children. In most homes, kids do not have the right to vote to eat Skittles for dinner. It is not in their best interest,” he wrote. “The parents have a delegated authority to protect those under their jurisdiction. Hamilton, in a similar way, saw the role of the body of Electors (representatives) as a protection for the nation.”
Sisneros expressed his dismay in the fact that the both sides of the aisle have been calling for electors to have less power, and to go along with the popular vote.
“They want the power in the people directly. The representatives are only there to do what the people demand. They want a democracy, not a republic. They want the power to vote for Skittles for dinner,” he wrote.
According to Sisneros, electors are forced to make pledges to the Bible and the Constitution, and Trump is not biblically qualified to hold the position. He stated that the real estate mogul becoming the president “would bring dishonor to God.”
“I do not see how Donald Trump is biblically qualified to serve in the office of the Presidency,” he wrote. “Of the hundreds of angry messages that I have received, not one has made a convincing case from scripture otherwise. If Trump is not qualified and my role, both morally and historically, as an elected official is to vote my conscience, then I cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump for President.”
Sisneros laid out the options he is faced with, as someone adamantly opposed to Trump’s election. He wrote that he could vote for the nominee of the party which elected him as an elector to represent them, go against their wishes and vote for someone else as a “faithless elector” — though he noted he hates the term “faithless,” or he could resign from his position so he will not have to vote.
“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. 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. They will get their Skittles for dinner.”
He concluded that he will “also mourn the loss of our republic.”