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Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States. But not everyone wants to accept that. More than two million people have signed a petition calling for Hillary Clinton to become president anyway.
It could actually happen, as in America people vote indirectly, by appointing ‘electoral college’ representatives who will pick a leader on their behalf. Each state is appointed a certain number of those representatives – and on December 19, they will meet to decide the next president.
Technically, they could ignore the election result and vote for a different candidate – a last hope for those who signed the petition.
‘We are calling on the Electors to ignore their states’ votes and cast their ballots for Secretary Clinton,’ the petition, started by Elijah Berg, says. ‘Mr Trump is unfit to serve. His scapegoating of so many Americans, and his impulsivity, bullying, lying, admitted history of sexual assault, and utter lack of experience make him a danger to the Republic.
‘Secretary Clinton WON THE POPULAR VOTE and should be President.’
They said that although electoral college representatives might have to pay a fine for ignoring the way their states voted, they should do it anyway and that Clinton supporters would be happy to pay any financial penalty. Trump’s victory is not the ‘people’s will’, they said, as he was projected to lose the popular vote.
‘So why not use this most undemocratic of our institutions to ensure a democratic result? ‘If electors vote against their party, they usually pay a fine. And people get mad. But they can vote however they want and there is no legal means to stop them in most states.’
Ironically, Trump himself has called the system a ‘disaster for democracy’ – before he knew he would win.
The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012