While the Left continues to chase its pipe-dream of an Electoral College coup on December 19, an Associated Press survey reveals that President-elect Trump has nothing to fear, as only one Republican elector plans to "go rogue."
The AP surveyed more than 330 of the Electoral College's 538 members and finds that "there's more hustle than hope behind an effort to derail Donald Trump's presidency in the Electoral College."
"Whether they like Trump or not, and some plainly don't, scores of the Republicans chosen to cast votes in the state-capital meetings told AP they feel bound by history, duty, party loyalty or the law to rubber-stamp their state's results and make him president," the outlet reports.
"Appeals numbering in the tens of thousands — drowning inboxes, ringing cellphones, stuffing home and office mailboxes with actual handwritten letters — have not swayed them."
While the survey confirmed "Democratic aggravation with the electoral process," nothing short of an unprecedented and widespread Republican defection could change the outcome:
"Let me give you the total as of right now: 48,324 emails about my role as an elector," said Brian Westrate, a small-business owner and GOP district chairman in Fall Creek, Wisconsin. "I have a Twitter debate with a former porn star from California asking me to change my vote. It's been fascinating."
Similarly deluged, Republican elector Hector Maldonado, a Missouri National Guardsman, has taken the time to console one correspondent, a single mother and Air Force veteran who is beside herself with worry about what a Trump presidency will mean.
"Everything's going to be OK," he said he told her. "I know you're scared, but don't worry. Everything's going to be OK. And I know that it will be."
Maldonado, a Mexican immigrant and medical-equipment seller in Sullivan, Missouri, backed Ted Cruz in the primaries but will cast his vote for Trump with conviction. "I took an oath once to become a U.S. citizen," he said, "and on Aug. 14, 1995, that was the first oath that I've taken to support the U.S. Constitution. A year later I took the oath again, to support the duties of being an officer in the U.S. Army. This was the third oath that I've taken to execute what I promised to do."
Nashville attorney Tom Lawless said hell will freeze over before changing his vote.
"Hell will freeze and we will be skating on the lava before I change," he said. "He [Trump] won the state and I've pledged and gave my word that that's what I would do. And I won't break it."
Another Elector, Jim Skaggs, 78 of Kentucky echoed those sentiments, saying that although Trump's personality "worries" him, it is his duty to vote according to his State's decision.
Fortunately even most Democratic Electors have remained rational.
"We lost the election,"New Mexico Democrat John Padilla told the AP. "That's how elections are and you shake hands with your opponent and you get on with what you have to do and support your candidate."
One Elector, 72-year-old Phoenix-based committeewoman Carol Joyce, said she's been fielding thousands of emails a day from people begging her not to cast her vote for Donald Trump. Joyce remained sanguine about the whole affair, stating they just need to "move on."
"They've caused me great distress on my computer, that's for sure," she told the AP.
"I average anywhere from a thousand to 3,000 emails a day. And I'm getting inundated in my regular mailbox out front — anywhere from 17 to 35 letters a day coming from Washington state, Oregon, all around the country. Hand-written, some of them five or six pages long, quoting me the Federalist Papers, the Constitution, asking me again out of desperation not to vote for Donald Trump."
"I've had nothing threatening, I'm happy to say. The election is over. They need to move on."