Celebrities Make Personalized Video Appeal to a GOP Elector, Erroneously Refer to Her as a Man


Earlier this week, we reported on a group called Unite For America, and a video PSA they released in which a number of prominent celebrities made an appeal to electors to vote for someone other than Donald Trump on Dec. 19.

Now, the celebrities — including Bob Odenkirk, Martin Sheen, and Debra Messing — have gone a step further. They created a message tailored specifically for one individual elector — Ashley McMillan of Kansas.

“Mr. McMillan,” Sheen said. “Our Founding Fathers built the electoral college to safeguard the American people from the dangers of a demagogue, and to ensure that the presidency only goes to someone who is, to an eminent degree, endowed with the requisite qualifications.”

Sheen and the other celebrities tailored their entired their entire two minute 21 second pitch to “Mr. McMillan,” trying to get McMillan, the vice chair of the Kansas republican party, to vote for someone other than Trump. There’s only one problem: Ashley McMillan is a woman.

Even if they had addressed McMillan as a woman, the message seemed unlikely to work. In an op-ed she penned for the Wall Street Journal, McMillan stated her intent to vote for Trump and specifically noted that “coastal elites” would not sway her.

Only 157 electors in history have broken their pledge and voted for an alternate candidate or abstained from voting, according to FairVote. There is a reason this tactic has never been successful: It assumes the worst of Americans. These letter writers are asking me to disavow my own people, because they are supposedly racist and easily fooled. I don’t buy it. I won’t violate the will of the people of Kansas simply because coastal elites think Mr. Trump tweets too much.

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