A last-ditch effort to deny Donald Trump the presidency has a motley assortment of stars (and stars-adjacent) calling on Republican electors to cast their votes for anyone but Trump on Monday.
The baffling medley includes onetime TV President Martin Sheen, Bob Odenkirk, James Cromwell, onetime TV doctor Noah Wyle, Debra Messing, B.D. Wong, Talia Balsam, Moby (yes, Moby!) and “M*A*S*H” alumni Loretta Swit and Mike Farrell.
“As you know, 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 solemnly opens the clip.
“An eminent degree,” intones a dead-serious Debra Messing. “Someone who is highly qualified for the job.”
Then Cromwell swoops in with the civics lesson: “The electoral college was created specifically to prevent an unfit candidate for becoming President,” he says.
The remainder of the video, created with minimal production value by the organization Unite for America, beseeches electors to deny Trump — winner of 306 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232 — the necessary 270-vote majority. At least 37 would need to flip their votes or abstain, a long shot by most standards.
Don’t worry, electors — they’re not asking you to vote for the former secretary of state. They make this clear by having three people repeat “I’m not asking you to vote for Hillary Clinton” in rapid succession.
Rather, they take turns explaining, electors should vote for any competent “eligible person” who is not Trump — a man who “lacks the necessary stability and, clearly, the respect for the Constitution of our great nation.”
“You have a position, the authority and the opportunity to go down in the books as an American hero who changed the course of history,” they say.