Axelrod: Electoral College revolt would be ‘destructive’

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Democratic strategist David Axelrod on Monday said an Electoral College revolt against President-elect Donald Trump would be “destructive” for the country.

“Look, Alexander Hamilton conceived of the Electoral College and the founding fathers as a buffer against democracy run amok, as a safe guard against someone who was unsuited for the office to take the office,” Axelrod said on CNN’s “New Day.”

“But it’s never been used in the history of our Republic,” he continued.

{mosads}“To have it happen now, despite the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and all that’s swirling around with Russia and so on,” he said, “I believe would split the country apart in a really destructive way and it would set this mad cycle in which every election the Electoral College vote would be in question.”

Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Obama, said he expects the president-elect to get enough electoral votes Monday to seal his victory, when electors meet in state legislatures throughout the country.

Trump won 306 electoral votes on Election Day, to Hillary Clinton’s 232.

Clinton won the popular vote, though, and in recent weeks her supporters and Trump critics have pushed efforts to block a Trump presidency. But it is highly unlikely that more than a handful of electors will defect against Trump.

 Axelrod admitted Monday he has “grave reservations” about the president-elect.

“But thinking about what this country would be like if there was an attempt to actually overturn the result would be, to me, you know, very, very destructive,” he said. 

“And, so, yes, I understand and I respect that gentleman for voting his conscience. But I do think part of that conscience vote has to be the impact on the country.”

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