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An Open Letter to the American People

Alex Mohajer

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Update: December 14th, 2016 – A version of this letter has made the front page of Huffington Post Politics. You can read it here. 

November 14, 2016

Our Fellow Americans:

Our nation is at a crossroads. On Tuesday, Americans cast their vote for president, and despite winning the majority of the popular vote by a substantial margin, Hillary Clinton will lose the presidency under the Electoral College system.

In any other election the conversation might end right here. But from the outset, this has not been an ordinary election year, and these are not ordinary circumstances. Donald Trump is the president-elect, he does not have a popular vote mandate, and his rival, Hillary Clinton, is on course to earn the most votes for a presidential candidate in history, second only to President Obama.

So what happened? Friends, we have been engaged in the politics of blame, and spent too long pointing fingers at one another. The blame game needs to end, and it needs to end NOW. Wallowing in our defeat is a mistake. Blaming our superb, historic candidate is a mistake. Infighting about who is to blame shifts the narrative away from what we should ALL be talking about:

The Electoral College must make Hillary Clinton president. They would be well within their constitutional authority to do so. Not only has she won the popular vote, but there has been a real and demonstrable systemic failure to protect the integrity of our elections that Americans, and the Electors, must wholly reject. This isn’t conspiracy theory. This isn’t conjecture. This isn’t poor sportsmanship. This isn’t even about Hillary Clinton anymore. This is about protecting our democracy. Free and fair elections are one of the cornerstones of American democracy and we have now seen credible reports that our rights thereto have been impeded upon by:

1) Voter suppression in North Carolina and Wisconsin;

2) Russian interventionism via hacking in Florida’s election systems;

3) FBI Director Comey’s willful and intentional release of documents meant to suggest criminal wrongdoing by the Democratic nominee a week before the presidential election, shown to have had an impact on the outcome of the election;

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There’s more evidence, too: Late-deciding voters broke strongly against Clinton in swing states, enough to cost her MI/WI/PA.

4) The use of Wikileaks as an agent for a hostile foreign power to hack e-mails and meddle with our election;

5) Potentially criminal conflict(s) of interest in Donald Trump’s business holdings, including ties to Russia, Vladimir Putin, and other foreign entities that run afoul of Article I Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution;

6) Trump’s publicly stated intention to NOT divest from said holdings

7) “According to the exit polls conducted by Edison Research, Clinton won four key battleground states (NC, PA, WI, and FL) in the 2016 Presidential Election that she went on to lose in the computerized vote counts.”;

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Why does exit polling data show HRC won NC, PA, WI, & FL, states she lost in computerized vote counts? DEMAND AUDIT. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/810/285/388/ 

8) A systemic failure by the news media to differentiate false equivalencies or to report on falsehoods propagated about the Democratic nominee, as well as the epidemic of fake news;

9) 79,646 total votes across Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan gave Donald Trump the electoral college victory in an election where more than 136 million votes were cast. Meanwhile, millions of valid absentee, provisional, and machine-error ballots were wrongfully disqualified.

10) Trump’s troubling reticence to acknowledge that he was even aware of Russian interference, despite his own potentially treasonous call to Russian forces to hack his opponent, and the fact that tens of millions of Americans heard the issue come up with Mrs. Clinton on the presidential debate stage in all. three. debates.

Unless you catch “hackers” in the act, it is very hard to determine who was doing the hacking. Why wasn’t this brought up before election?

I want to be clear-throated and painfully honest: The likelihood we are able to change the outcome of this election is small, the merits of the argument notwithstanding. However, we are called to action when justice requires it, not solely when we are favored to win. Sufficient evidence exists to show that but/for the influence of external actors, Donald Trump would not have etched out victories in crucial battleground states.

Donald Trump’s reticence to acknowledge the very real intervention by Russian forces, especially given his praise of Putin in the past, is a very troubling sign that he may have even been involved. We are facing a crucial global and sociopolitical crisis. If we do not respond to threats to our democracy, the epidemic of fake news, the various interventionist forces in our election, and demand action be taken, we are more culpable than either of the candidates in this election. Indeed, we are complicit in the downfall of democracy itself.

In the six days since the election, there have been massive daily demonstrations in cities all over America, where news outlets have reported as many as 100,000 people protesting for their right to free and fair elections.

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The biggest advocate for bypassing the Electoral College completely? The president-elect himsel

Therefore, we are asking all our fellow Americans, but particularly Republicans who have watched this nightmare unfold and are willing see justice done in the name of Country, to join us:

  • List of phone numbers and calls to make:
    • 1. Senator Lindsey Graham’s office at (202) 224-5972, Ext. 2: “I support Senator Graham’s investigation into Russia’s participation in the election of Donald Trump.
    • Department of Justice, Voting/Civil Rights Division: 1-800-253-3931, Ext. 5. “Investigate voter fraud or tampering.”
    • House Oversight Committee at (202) 225-5074. “Bipartisan review Trump financials/conflicts interest.”
    • House Speaker Paul Ryan at (202) 225-3031. “Trump’s business con

We will add resources and information as we gather it to our Election Watch 2016 Daily Digest.

Finally, this is a personally painful moment for many of us and we want to join this effort for posterity’s sake. For Hillary’s sake. For America’s sake. Please rest assured that in the days ahead, no matter the outcome, our organization will be there renewed and ready to fight for a progressive and inclusive legislative agenda, to fight regressive policies that hurt LGBT people, minorities, immigrants, and women, and to make Hillary proud of the legacy she inspired.

 

Sincerely,

Alex Mohajer, Political Director
and the Bros4Hillary Executive Board


Alex Mohajer is the Political Director of Bros4Hillary and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of BrosBlog. You may contact him directly at alex@bros4hillary.com or on Twitter @alexmohajer.

Named one of OUT Magazine's 100 Most Eligible Bachelors of 2017, Alex Mohajer is a controversial up-and-coming political writer and commentator whose unapologetic post-election commentary made him one of the most shared contributors at The Huffington Post. He is the first journalist in America to openly impugn the presidency of Donald Trump in a major publication. Mohajer is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Bros4America (formerly Bros4Hillary), a progressive advocacy organization that gained national recognition during the 2016 presidential election for its efforts to elect Hillary Clinton. Named by LGBTQ Nation to their Top 8 People Working to Elect Hillary Clinton. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts from U.C. Berkeley where he studied politics with progressive champion Robert Reich, and a Juris Doctorate from Chapman University School of Law, where he studied constitutional law with conservative hero Hugh Hewitt. While in law school, he was awarded "Most Likely To Be Held in Contempt" by his graduating class. He has been interviewed for or featured on The Fox News Channel, PolitiFact, The Huffington Post, Washington Post, LA and NY Times, AfterBuzz TV, OUT and Instinct Magazine(s), Dan Savage Blog, TheWrap, Yahoo News, New York Public Radio, The David Pakman Show, The Ann Walker Show, the Hugh Hewitt Show, and more. Alex is an author, public/motivational speaker, and an award-winning singer, actor, and solo artist who was nominated for a 2016 Broadway World Award for Best Male Cabaret Artist. Alex lives in Los Angeles with his dog, Bruce Wayne. Press inquiries and bookings: press@bros4america.com

30 Comments

30 Comments

  1. kathy farris

    November 15, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Electoral college is here for this moment. Love your letter not the part where you say slim to no chance. It is here to keep tyrants from taking office because Americans were played by a con man. It is imperative that is understood; more violence hate divide separation terror will happen if he moves forward. So I ask take out the doubt and question if maybe, with we must give our all until it reaches congress and may our gov do as they were hired to do. Thank you. I feel with every fiber of my being, this clause was 4 this moment. It has never been needed more than right now
    Every attorney every resource, seeking his connections in business with foreign countries, at corrupt ties with GOP FBI Christie Giuliani they played like street thugs. No Doubt

  2. Janet Beatrice

    November 16, 2016 at 5:04 am

    While I completely agree that the electors should not vote for Trump, and that this is the purpose of the Electoral College, from what I am reading, it’s more likely that we might get a “compromise candidate” such as Romney or Kasich. As much as I want Clinton to be president, I can live with that. I think our main goal here should be to prevent a Trump presidency.

  3. Alex Mohajer

    Alex Mohajer

    November 16, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Our proposal involves giving the election to the winner of the national popular vote, and can therefore be justified within the the framework of our democracy. Installing a party who did not run, did not win the electoral college, AND overturning the will of the people would create an incredible nightmare of ramifications with regards to our democracy, constitutionality, the meaning of the vote. Secondly, even if it didn’t create that effect, finding one “compromise” candidate behind which to rally 270 electors will be an impossible task. Finding a handful of electors to switch their vote to Clinton seems more of a likelihood in an already improbably scenario.

  4. Janet Beatrice

    November 16, 2016 at 5:31 am

    I get what you’re saying. I wonder how possible it is that the Electoral College electors would vote for Hillary. I’m in favor of whichever scenario is most plausible. I absolutely want Hillary Clinton to be president. But I will settle for almost anyone who is not Trump (and the white supremacists he is already appointing). You make good points, of course. It’s just that I believe we would need more than a handful of voters. A blog called Flip the 37 has posted the names of all electors. I also saw a Google doc with those names. I’m hoping to create a spreadsheet so I (and others) can track messages sent, but I am already feeling overwhelmed as I don’t know how I will find the time to do this. But I do hope we can come together and create the most plausible plan possible for this

  5. Thomas Anthony

    November 17, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I listen to the Diane Rehm Show every day on NPR. Her guest in the second half of her show today was author, John Grisham. He said that the Electoral College needs to be banned, that a candidate should win based on the popular vote, and every American’s vote should be counted. I agree with him. I agree that this is not about Hillary Clinton losing so much as to how she lost. It is about Donald Trump, a very dangerous demagogue and his family running America. Trump is the kind of candidate who seems more likely to govern in a way that best suits his and his family’s personal and business interests over that of Americans the country over. People were conned and his connections to Vladimir Putin and Russia should be called into question and automatically disqualify him from becoming America’s next president. Just listening to the news and hearing some of his cabinet position selections scares me and should scare every American within the sound of any news organization anchor’s voice. It is my hope that our electoral college will rethink their decision and cast their votes on December 19th for the popular vote winner. As each day passes and more and more votes are added to that number, our margin of hope continues to grow, too. Please, protect America. Protect the dreams and plans our Founding Fathers had in mind for us and vote for the betterment of America under Hillary Rodham Clinton. The future of America…of the world depends on it.

  6. Ginny Dirschka

    November 17, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Trump, the Climate Change Denier’s, Energy Policy, “Rather than continuing the current path to undermine and block America’s fossil fuel producers, the Trump Administration will encourage the production of these resources by opening onshore and offshore leasing on federal lands and waters. We will streamline the permitting process for all energy projects, including the billions of dollars in projects held up by President Obama, and rescind the job-destroying executive actions under his Administration. We will end the war on coal, and rescind the coal mining lease moratorium, the excessive Interior Department stream rule, and conduct a top-down review of all anti-coal regulations issued by the Obama Administration. We will eliminate the highly invasive “Waters of the US” rule, and scrap the $5 trillion dollar Obama-Clinton Climate Action Plan and the Clean Power Plan and prevent these unilateral plans from increasing monthly electric bills by double-digits without any measurable effect on Earth’s climate. Energy is the lifeblood of modern society. It is the industry that fuels all other industries. We will lift the restrictions on American energy, and allow this wealth to pour into our communities. It’s all upside: more jobs, more revenues, more wealth, higher wages, and lower energy prices.” The damage these policies will cause to the environment and US relations around the world can’t be undone.

  7. marcia roy

    November 18, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Hillary won this election. America did not pick Trump as President. He is everything wrong for America. His hate and racism, sexism is frightening. He has a known racist as part of his cabinet This is not acceptable American was not founded on racist, hateful principals. The electoral college should put the real winner in the white house.

  8. Beckstle

    November 18, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Thank God there is a larger organization talking about the Constitution issues that call for the Electoral College revoking Trump’s election. Popular vote or not, the interference by Russia are exactly the kind of thing mentioned in the Federalist Papers No 68 as one of the reasons to give electors the ability to vote against a president-elect.

    “These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils. How could they better gratify this, than by raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the Union?”

    That’s what we have in Donald Trump, and that alone should be of serious concern to Republicans as well as Democrats. We have never had this kind of threat before, which suggested that if there was ever a time to exercise the right of electors to not vote for the president-elect, it would be now. It is the Founding Fathers greatest fear.

    A person being fit and qualified also comes up. and it is here where one can see that the popular vote needs to be considered.

    “The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States. It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue.”

    Trump’s ability and virtue have been questioned by both parties. Certainly the way he’s spoken about women and minorities calls virtue into question. His attention-span and thin-skinned personality hampers his ability. Then there’s the fact that he does not have the esteem and confidence of the whole union. More people voted for Clinton. In short, he does not have the confidence of the nation.

    While, the logical call and most legal call would be for Clinton, as other posters have noted, the number 1 issue is getting the Trump team out. I understand the precedent issue. However, In truth if they don’t draft someone and neither Trump nor Clinton were to get the 270 it would go to Congress where they would then go to the top 5 people voted for. That’s Clinton, Trump, Johnson, Stein, and then some other third party person.

    Congress will not go for Clinton, nor those third party folks. If the Republicans draft someone like Kasich it is more likely to get through Congress. I think he would be better than Romney because the population as a whole already rejected him. Kasich would be more in the “change” column that the people have voiced. At leas not a racist/Nazi, has many moderate views, believes that climate change is a real thing, and has shown a willingness to work with both sides of the aisle.

    In short, although Clinton would be the cleanest Constitutional switch in electors, politics being what it is requires a level of practically.and compromise. Half the country didn’t vote at all. Yes, I’d love it to be Clinton because as a woman the attack on woman’s reproductive rights by the right is terrifying. However, In terms of unifying the country, Bernie or Kasich would be the most likely, not Clinton. Since the ball is in the Republican’s court, the person that seems to be the most possible to get in is Kasich.

  9. Bill Kearns

    November 18, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    As an UPDATE: President Elect Trump admits to being a FRAUD by settlement in Trump University paying $25 Million.

  10. Diane Ashley (@DianeAshley48)

    November 18, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Would be fine with a conservative moderate like Mitt Romney or John Kasich, prefer Hillary but Donald Trump cannot rule this country for 4 years we will not have to worry about a 2020 if he stays

  11. Beckstle

    November 19, 2016 at 6:32 am

    The problem with Rommey is that the American people had a chance to vote for him and rejected him. That’s problematic and makes him a divisive choice, Kasich was only rejected by the Republican party – the same one that made Trump their candidate. He was considered to moderate. Given the situation, he would be their best draft choice to unify the country.

  12. Camilo Olmeda

    November 20, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    One Person One Vote ,The US Constitution not said nothing about electoral Votes , and The Popular Votes went to Hillary Clinton and She Won The Majority of people Votes ,My Vote Counts and My Voice too, I don’t want the 1/3 of Votes Represent my Voice and My Vote and My Decision,#TrumpIsNotMyPresident and not Represent My values and my Ideology and my Family and my life and He doesn’t has any Plan to make USA Better what USA it is that is Great and still Great ,I am Veteran & Disable and Trump in not My President and never will

  13. camilo (@tahino1)

    November 20, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    One Person One Vote ,The US Constitution not said nothing about electoral Votes , and The Popular Votes went to Hillary Clinton and She Won The Majority of people Votes ,My Vote Counts and My Voice too, I don’t want the 1/3 of Votes Represent my Voice and My Vote and My Decision,#TrumpIsNotMyPresident and not Represent My values and my Ideology and my Family and my life and He doesn’t has any Plan to make USA Better what USA it is that is Great and still Great ,I am Veteran & Disable and Trump in not My President and never will

  14. Roberta Bird

    December 1, 2016 at 3:10 am

    I want to add one more thought. I wondered why Pres. Obama encouraged Hillary to prematurally concede the election when it was far from over and did not want her to ask for recounts. It seemed to me he did not give her the best advice. I feel that MAYBE he was hoping Mrs. Obama would be our country’s first woman president. I say GO Hillary, we’re not done yet as the popular vote proves Mrs Obama would make a great second woman president for the USA.

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