The election of Republican businessman Donald Trump as President has ignited a great deal of controversy. Not many outside of the Trump support base expected it, but all the pundits and politicians were proven wrong. The outrage over Hillary Clinton’s defeat and the panic over the future of the United States of America has led people to look to the Electoral College.
While the Electoral College tally was compiled after the popular vote occurred, the entity itself has not actually voted yet. As a result, many concerned Never Trump conservatives and bitter liberals are turning to them to reverse course.
Can the Electoral College really stop Donald Trump?
Democratic electors have predictably stood up to voice their opposition. Partisan politics generally leads Democrats to stand up to Republicans and Republicans to Democrats. It was only predictable. While many Republicans were on the Never Trump bandwagon, there was initially a question of whether any Republican Electors would stand up against the controversial President-Elect.
Enter Chris Suprun.
Suprun wrote a widely circulated editorial for the New York Times, where he explained his decision to stand up to Trump. Among them, he attacked Trump’s supposed lack of qualifications and how he surrounds himself with people who like Star Wars villain Darth Vader.
In the editorial, he states his own qualifications for taking a stand against fans of fictional characters and refers to how he was a 9/11 responder himself.
The problem with this story is the lack of evidence to that, and much of his own background.
Texas media outlet WFAA found some interesting details regarding Suprun’s background. It actually found that a lot of his own details were either fraudulent or unproven. The Republican faithless elector himself did not respond to requests from WFAA to verify his employment record.
One claim is that Suprun served as a first responder with the Manassas Park Fire Department in Virginia on 9/11 and was on the scene at the Pentagon attack. The City of Manassas Park confirmed however that Suprun was not employed there until a month later, in October 2001. The fire chief went further, pointing out his department never responded to the Pentagon or any 9/11 site that tragic day.
How is this any different from pretending to be a veteran?
These questionable claims are consistent with his record, however. His resume lists him as working for Air Methods air ambulance service, but the company confirmed this is not the case. He also lists working for Freedom EMS in Dallas, though no record of such a company exists.
This is the leader among people who will stop Donald Trump on a matter of principle?
Chris Suprun is the sole Republican Elector taking a stand against Donald Trump in the upcoming Electoral College vote. This makes him stand out as one who could be apart of a monumental shift in history. But he is also one who has a resume full of questionable claims and is essentially the equivalent of a military impersonator.
This is the kind of principle that will defeat Donald Trump? Hardly.