Democratic congressman Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) has pleaded with the Electoral College to “step in” and elect Hillary Clinton, thus blocking Donald Trump from becoming president.
In a Tweet on Sunday evening, Himes said that the “Electoral College must do what it is was designed for,” after Trump described NBC Nightly News as “biased, inaccurate and bad, point after point.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2016
We're 5 wks from Inauguration & the President Elect is completely unhinged. The electoral college must do what it was designed for. https://t.co/6dLJ5K7B5K
— Jim Himes (@jahimes) December 12, 2016
Himes later went on CNN’s New Day, to defend his anti-democratic stance, saying that Donald Trump’s mocking of claims that the Russians intervened in the election was the final straw in terms of accepting the election result.
“What finally pushed me over the edge was when the president-elect of the United States criticized the CIA and the intelligence community” Himes told CNN.
“The Electoral College, if you read the Federalist Papers and understand why it is there, it is a group of people. It is not an algorithm. It is not a set of ballots. It is a group of people that our Founding Fathers, you know, to whom supposedly we all sort of defer to, pledged the idea that if someone gets elected that is manifestly ill equipped to be president, that the Electoral College can step in,” he continued.
Himes added that although “under the rules, President-elect Donald Trump won fair and square,” this was necessary because Donald Trump “couldn’t be mayor of a small town in Connecticut,” the area he represents.
The congressman, who represents Connecticut’s 4th congressional district, is a figure on the left of the Democratic Party and has been given a 100% approval rating from pro-choice, environmentalist, pro-immigration, and LGBT organisations.