AUSTIN - An Electoral College member representing Texas resigned his position over the weekend because he could not vote for President-elect Donald Trump in the Electoral College.
Art Sisneros had said earlier in the year that he was having trouble trying to reconcile having to vote for Trump if he was the eventual winner. Sisneros took to a blog over the weekend to say that he could not see how Trump “is biblically qualified to serve in the office of the Presidency.”
“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,” Sisneros said. “I believe voting for Trump would bring dishonor to God.”
Sisneros said he’s received hundreds of any messages from Trump supporters and that none have convinced him that he is in the wrong on his beliefs regarding Trump. Instead, Sisneros said that a Trump presidency isn’t necessarily what his supporters want.
“They will threaten to kill anyone who challenges their power to vote for Skittles for dinner,” Sisneros said. “That is evidence alone to prove that our republic is lost.”
Sisneros, justifying his decision also took a shot at the Electoral College system in Texas saying: “The Republican Party of Texas has an immoral pledge because that is what the people want. They want a democracy. They want their popular vote across the state counted. They do not care about the authority of the office of an Elector. As long as they have someone to what the people demand, they don’t care who it is.”
He concluded his post saying that his resignation now will allow the state to fill his vacancy with someone who will vote for Trump.
“The people will get their vote. They will get their Skittles for dinner,” Sisneros wrote. “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.”
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