FLASHBACK: Chris Hayes, Michael Moore Discussed Urging Electors To Reject Trump After 2016 Victory

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MSNBC host Chris Hayes and documentary filmmaker Michael Moore discussed urging so-called “faithless electors” to reject then-President-elect Donald Trump during the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election.

The flashback footage from MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” was posted Wednesday to Twitter by The Intercept’s Lee Fang. In it, Hayes cited people who believe “electors should be persuaded and pressured on Monday to part with their pledges and vote against Donald Trump” to ask Moore if he believes that.


“Yes, they absolutely should do that,” Moore responded. “Absolutely. I believe right now that there are electors, they only need 38 of them, who have a conscience …”

Moore at another point even offered to pay the fines of electors who reject Trump in states that voted for the then-GOP nominee.

“Some states have made it ‘illegal’ for you to vote any other way than for Trump,” Moore wrote in an open letter to Republican electors posted on his Facebook page. “If you don’t vote for him, your state will fine you … So 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 pay your fine which is my legal right to do.”

Hayes and others tweeted and wrote about the possibility of using electors to overturn the 2016 election results.

“Fun fact: states decide how to apportion their electors,” Hayes tweeted in December 2016. “They could give them all to, say, whichever candidate won majority of counties!”

However, Hayes took a different tone when addressing Trump campaign legal challenges to the 2020 election. (RELATED: Marc Thiessen Lays Out Trump’s ‘Path To A Second Term’)

“Are you okay with holding an American election and then just ignoring and overturning the results?” Hayes asked, addressing Republican senators.