Who Is Michael Baca? The Hamilton Elector Is Leading The Anti-Donald Trump Charge
It's less than a week before the Electoral College members convene in their respective states cast the final deciding vote on election 2016. Even though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by over 2.5 million votes, president-elect Donald Trump won the Electoral College on Nov. 8. There are some last ditch efforts bubbling up in hopes of changing the results and Colorado Democratic elector Michael Baca is leading the charge.
Baca is part of the "Hamilton Electors" movement — a group of electors encouraging their Republican counterparts to go against the party that they're pledged to and not vote for Donald Trump. They use Hamilton as the modifier as a reference to Federalist Paper Number 68. Written by founding father Alexander Hamilton, in "The Mode of Electing the President," he noted that,
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.
And according to Baca, Trump doesn't make the cut by Hamilton's standards. Baca told local Denver NBC affiliate, "This is an American issue, and a moral imperative; someone without the requisite qualifiers should not be allowed to become our Chief Executive."
Baca is currently a graduate student at Northern Arizona University. Although he's a Democratic delegate, he's been making the cable news-rounds to encourage Republican electors to go rogue and keep Trump from becoming president. "I'm a former U.S. Marine and the core values are honor, courage, commitment. I don't believe Donald Trump has that."
There are a lot of firsts from this election cycle: it's the first time a woman won the nomination of a major party, it's the first time a president-elect has lost the popular vote by such a large margin, and maybe (not likely), but maybe, on Dec. 19 there will be another first if enough members of the Electoral College decide to go rogue.