GA Elector Resigns After Vowing to Never Vote for Trump
A Georgia member of the electoral college resigned after swearing that he would not vote for Donald Trump, no matter what the popular vote in his state said.
Georgia is one of 21 states that does not require its electors to follow the popular vote.
“I take my role seriously and in the face of the difficult choice before us, I will always put America First over party and labels," said Baoky Vu, a longtime Republican, before his resignation.
"Thus, I will not be voting for Donald Trump in the general election. My conscience is clear but my soul is being tested."
He told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he was never "on board" with Trump, but the candidate's feud with a Muslim-American Gold Star Family was the last straw.
Read the statement below.
“I’ve been active in the Republican Party for many years precisely because it has championed the aspirational ideals of Lincoln, Reagan and Kemp. Our recent standard-bearers have proudly and honorably defended those ideas on the political battlefield. From Bush 41 to Romney to Jeb and many of the other 2016 primary contestants, there was never a wavering doubt as to their character, integrity and temperament.
“This is the Republican Party of Lincoln and Reagan and Romney and Ryan, not the Party of Donald Trump. As a 2016 Presidential Elector, I am forever grateful to our state Party and our Chairman for bestowing this once-in-a-lifetime honor on me. I take my role seriously and in the face of the difficult choice before us, I will always put America First over party and labels.
“Thus, I will not be voting for Donald Trump in the general election. My conscience is clear but my soul is being tested. Born in Saigon, my family knows what it is like to lose a country and my family is forever indebted to America and our allies. I have never questioned the soul, character and goodness of the Nation by who we have chosen as our leader throughout history.
“Rather than earning the American people’s respect and trust through the duration of the past year, Donald Trump’s antics and asinine behavior has cemented my belief that he lacks the judgment, temperament and gravitas to lead this Nation. Throughout the process, he has hurled insults at our heroes and their families, denigrated the disabled and praised dictators. Forget political incorrectness, this is simply despicable demagoguery.
“In this time of global challenges, we will succeed only if we come together. We’ve done it before, from the courthouse steps of Appomattox to the days after Pearl Harbor. And to my Republican brothers and sisters in arms, politics should be a honorable sport. Rather than fighting to defend the indefensible, let’s live to fight another day.”