Exclusive: ‘Faithless Elector’ Now Blames Mike Pence For Vote Switch
DALLAS — Texas elector Christopher Suprun revealed what the last straw was that lead him to publicly announce his decision not to cast his ballot for President-elect Donald Trump, even though Trump was the clear choice of Texan voters in last month’s election.
In an interview with The Daily Caller, Suprun repeatedly cited Trump’s Twitter behavior as reasons for him to overrule Texas voters and cast his electoral vote for somebody else. Trump’s insulting of “Saturday Night Live” seemed to particularly bother the Republican elector. But what finally pushed Suprun “over the edge,” he said, was something Vice President-elect Mike Pence said on Sunday — the day before Suprun announced his plan to vote for someone other than Trump in an op-ed for the New York Times.
“What probably really pushed me over the edge was Sunday on the talk shows when Mike Pence was repeating this line that there’s millions of illegal votes in the election and Donald Trump would have won the popular vote,” Suprun stated.
“I said look, Mr. Trump has already used that same line and attacked the foundations of the country through its elections. Now he’s co-opted Governor Pence to do the same and that’s where you have to draw the line.”
That Suprun pinpointed Sunday as the day he changed his mind on Trump is noteworthy, as his NYTimes op-ed ran less than a day later on Monday morning.
Equally noteworthy is the fact that Suprun’s op-ed mentions neither Pence nor Trump’s claim that “millions” of illegal voters cost him the popular vote.
As reported by The Washington Free Beacon, Suprun is being represented by progressive “social justice” media relations firm Megaphone Strategies, which was founded by liberal CNN commentator Van Jones.
In the days after Trump’s victory, Suprun made clear that, regardless of what people thought, he would be voting for Trump.
I’m voting Donald Trump and Mike Pence on December 19. The media continued to provide clickbait over an erroneous article. https://t.co/m0BAj59qCB
— (((Chris Suprun))) (@TheChrisSuprun) November 10, 2016
@DelusionalDon1 I am making a difference. I pray about it and am voting MY conscience with MY vote. I’m voting Donald Trump. It’ll be okay.
— (((Chris Suprun))) (@TheChrisSuprun) November 14, 2016
Now, Suprun isn’t not sure who he’s voting for now that John Kasich has asked rogue electors not to cast their votes for him. What he does know is he’s not voting for Hillary Clinton. Suprun said he’s looking for someone who can “unite the party.”
Suprun said he’s received hundreds of letters from people trying to influence him one were or another but insists they were all unsuccessful. “Nobody got to me,” he said. “Trump got to me.”