Tuesday, Clinton’s team was seething at the missed opportunity, and blamed electors whom they said led them to believe there was a chance to upend Trump’s Election Day win.
“These Democratic electors’ hearts were in the right place in trying to oppose Donald Trump all the way until the end, but their plan for mounting some kind of coup through the electoral college was never serious,” Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon told POLITICO.
But the electors say they were serious, but that Clinton was unwilling to give them the tools they needed to succeed: Specifically, she was opposed to suggesting Democratic electors vote for a more “acceptable” Republican candidate like Mitt Romney. Democratic electors blamed Clinton’s ego, which they say she put ahead of the country’s best interests.
“Their idea seems to have amounted to wanting Hillary Clinton to publicly surrender her electors in the hope that doing so would entice defections from 37 theoretical Republicans who were never identified — presumably because they never existed,” Fallon said. “This was just a recipe for subtracting more from Hillary Clinton’s electoral vote count than Donald Trump’s, and sure enough that is exactly what happened.”
To which a Democratic elector who asked to remain anonymous replied, “I have no problem casting my vote for Mitt Romney.”
Surrendering her electors, it seems, was the only shot Clinton had at defeating Trump, but she never took it seriously. Instead, her campaign lashed out at anyone they could point a finger at, blaming Clinton’s second loss, which came just weeks after her first one, on everyone from Bernie Sanders to Huma Abedin to Vladimir Putin to FBI Director James Comey.