Alexander Hamilton’s Ghost Looms as Donald Trump Approaches the White House

On December 19, 538 electors will fulfill their Constitutional duty to ratify the results of November’s presidential election. This year could be different. The college was conceived of by Alexander Hamilton—the namesake of the Broadway smash whose cast ended up engaging with Donald Trump in his first post-election feud—who envisioned the body as one with the power and perhaps the duty if necessary to go against the will of the voters. The Founding Fathers, not that keen on pure democracy, wanted a backstop should the voters choose unwisely.

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