Legally speaking, the presidential election hasn’t happened yet.
And that’s what death threat-hurling liberals are betting on, resorting to potential violence in an illegal bid to rig the Electoral College vote.
One of their targets is 22-year-old Michigan Republican Michael Banerian, the Detroit News reports.
Banerian has been inundated with pleas from supporters of Hillary Clinton to switch his votes.
But others have contacted him with explicit promises to kill him should he cast his vote for Trump.
“You have people saying ‘you’re a hateful bigot, I hope you die,’ ” he tells the News. “I’ve had people talk about shoving a gun in my mouth and blowing my brains out. And I’ve received dozens and dozens of those emails. Even the non-threatening-my-life emails are very aggressive.”
Other Michigan Republican electors report receiving threats.
“Hearing from them that they are also receiving threats, I’m interested in getting a consensus from the group … and seeing if it’s something that we should report to the police,” Michigan Republican Party spokeswoman Sarah Anderson tells the News. “It’s obviously something that we’re taking very seriously.”
Banerian says he will not be intimidated and will cast his vote for Trump.
The death threats are a long-shot bid to deny Trump the presidency, to which he legally has not yet been elected.
On Nov. 8 Americans went to the polls to elect representatives to the Electoral College.
Each state is awarded a specific number of electors, and each presidential campaign nominates that people to be electors who represent their candidate.
On Dec. 19, those electors will gather at their respective state capitols to actually hold the presidential election.
Based on the Nov. 8 vote, 290 electors are from the campaign of Republican Donald Trump. 203 electors are from the campaign of Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Michigan has not completed tabulating its ballots, but its 16 electors appear to have been won by Trump.
While electors are free to vote for whomever they want, “faithless electors” are rare because campaigns tend to nominate staunch supporters for the exclusive role of presidential elector.
Some states have laws on the books that would punish faithless electors, but they are generally regarded to be unconstitutional.