Despite winning the election in early November, President-elect Donald Trump’s ascension to the oval office wasn’t truly official until today.
That’s when members of the electoral college officially cast their votes, and while they still ultimately declared Donald Trump the winner, democrats had been hoping they could stop the billionaire real estate mogul from garnering the 270 electoral college votes needed to become the 45th president of the United States,
Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen has the latest from Washington.
“I’m really kind of worried for our country and the whole earth…”
Protesters in all 50 states, voicing their opposition to President-elect Donald Trump… Urged republican members of the electoral college to defy party convention, and cast a vote today for anyone other than mister trump.
“Our founding fathers taught us, we cannot have a demagogue in the White House.”
An elector in Texas, which Trump won handily, decided to break from his party, and voted for a third-party candidate.
“I’m going to cast my ballot for someone who has executive experience, somebody who is going to protect our foreign policy against Russia and other enemies.”
In 29 states — plus the District of Columbia — local laws bind electors to vote for the candidate who won their state.
So-called faithless electors can face fines and other penalties, but there is no record of one ever being punished.
Even so, celebrities, like independent film maker Michael Moore, have been offering to pay legal fees for defectors.
But the effort appeared inadequate to flip 37- GOP electors, the number needed to prevent mister Trump from advancing to his inauguration.
“This has been a vast exploration of sour grapes. Democrats lost this election because Hillary Clinton was a flawed candidate who failed to campaign effectively.”
After electors cast their ballots today, the results will still not be official until January 6th, when a joint session of Congress meets to certify the electoral college tally. Vice President Biden will be presiding at that session.
In Washington, James Rosen, Fox News.