Moore, who was one of the few people to correctly predict Trump’s election-night victory, has been doing anything within his power to rouse Americans to step up against Trump. Now, Moore is going directly for the electoral college, which is set to officially elect Trump on Monday in a series of meetings across the country.
The electoral college process is the final step, seen by many as a simple checking of a box; never in U.S. history has the college blocked the result of a public vote — which makes Moore’s prerogative even more gutsy.
The filmmaker has vowed to pay the fines incurred by Republican electoral college members who choose to vote against Trump. (The 538 electoral college members are not required to cast their ballots in accordance with how their states voted, but some states impose penalties on those who don’t go along with the state choice.)
Republican Electors — If you vote your conscience at noon and your state fines you for this, I will pay your fine: https://t.co/LIFVD4xjD4
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 19, 2016
In the letter, Moore pleads with the Republican electors to not vote for Trump, even if their state did, because of the recent accusations that Russian hackers interfered with the outcome of the presidential election on Nov. 8. He also cites Trump’s refusal to attend daily security briefings, long considered a standard for any incoming U.S. president.
“Here’s my offer to you: I obviously can’t and won’t give you money to vote tomorrow, but if you do vote your conscience and you are punished for it, I will personally step up [and] pay your fine which is my legal right to do so,” wrote Moore.
“I think you know something is wrong with this man. He just doesn’t seem ‘right,'” he continued in the long post. “One crazy comment or action after another. He may not be well. Don’t you have a responsibility to protect us from someone who might be mentally unstable?”
Almost two weeks ago, Moore predicted “something crazy” would keep Trump from becoming president, and he also said that there’s no way the millionaire businessman would last his four years in office. On Sunday night, he reiterated those thoughts.
“Trump, as I’m sure deep down in your heart you know, is never going to last the four years,” he wrote. “He doesn’t care about the law or following the rules and this will eventually trip him up. You know how dangerous it is when any politician, Democrat or Republican, who’s a super narcissist is elected to office, they start making decisions that personally benefit themselves — and before you know it, they’re being hauled off to jail. Why not vote tomorrow for someone who’s going to finish her/his term?”
Chris Suprun of Texas is (so far) the only Republican elector to say publicly that he will vote against Trump. A Harvard law professor estimated for The Independent that a maximum of 30 Republican electors would be willing to break their pledge, but it’s not looking likely that the electoral college will sway against Trump.
Atlanta lawyer Jerry Sims says the only way this could happen is if Trump’s opponent in the election, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, challenges the electoral college system as unconstitutional.
“A candidate who lost the popular vote has been elected president five times in U.S. history. It has also occurred twice in the last 16 years. The 2000 election was the first time in U.S. history that the candidate losing the popular vote won a majority of the electoral college outright. Now that has happened again in 2016.”
Sims calls the current U.S. electoral structure unconstitutional, and says a more just system would involve electors being allocated proportionately, “in order to give every vote equal dignity and weight.”
If his electoral-college plan fails to bear fruit, Moore has also tweeted his support for #DisruptJ20, which is an organization gearing up for “a bold mobilization against the inauguration of Donald Trump.”
Disrupt the Inauguration. The Majority have spoken – by nearly 2.7 million votes &counting! Silence is not an option https://t.co/HSmP3pREvy
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 7, 2016
The #DisruptJ20 site claims it’s “bringing widespread civil resistance to the streets of Washington, D.C., through protests, direct actions, and even parties and we want you there with us.”
In a letter posted to its website, it says:
We call on all people of good conscience to join in disrupting the ceremonies. If Trump is to be inaugurated at all, let it happen behind closed doors, showing the true face of the security state Trump will preside over. It must be made clear to the whole world that the vast majority of people in the United States do not support his presidency or consent to his rule.
The organization says it doesn’t matter if you don’t live in Washington, D.C. It’s attempting to co-ordinate protests throughout the U.S. and even internationally. “If you are living outside the US, you can take action at US embassies, borders, or other symbols of neocolonial power. Our allegiance is not to ‘making America great again,’ but to all of humanity and the planet,” the site reads.
Protests of all kinds have been occurring across the U.S. since Trump won the presidential election in November.