Change your vote or die: Mich. electors receive death threats from angry Hillary supporters

Change your vote or die: Mich. electors receive death threats from angry Hillary supporters
Michael Banerian (Image: ABC News video screen grab)

Those libs — they’re such cards! Here they were years ago arguing that innocuous symbols on an electoral map were actually crosshairs, which demonstrated the Right’s violent tendencies. Now these same guardians of peaceful dialog have reacted to their candidate’s loss by mounting a witch hunt against electors — and worse.

According to The Detroit News, Michael Banerian, an elector in Michigan, has received death threats from Clinton supporters. One said he would shove a gun in Banerian’s mouth and blow his brains out, while another simply wished him dead and urged him to walk in front of a bus.

Banerian is not alone:

On Dec. 19, the 22-year-old Banerian is scheduled to join 15 other Michiganians to cast their electoral votes for Republican President-elect Donald Trump. But Trump’s opponents have deluged Banerian and other GOP electors with pleas and nasty emails to reverse course and cast their ballots for Clinton, according to the Michigan Republican Party.

“You have people saying ‘you’re a hateful bigot, I hope you die,’ ” he said. “I’ve had people talk about shoving a gun in my mouth and blowing my brains out. And I’ve received dozens and dozens of those emails. Even the non-threatening-my-life emails are very aggressive.”

The Detroit News verified one message containing a death wish and another containing a death threat, in which the person told Banerian he would “put a bullet” in his mouth. Banerian said he deleted the rest of the emails and messages “because as you can imagine they’re clogging up my email.”

Image: ABC News video screen grab
Image: ABC News video screen grab
Michael Banerian (Image: ABC News video screen grab)
Michael Banerian (Image: ABC News video screen grab)

“Even if I could, I wouldn’t be remotely interested in changing my vote,” said Banerian, a political science senior at Oakland University and youth vice chair of the Michigan Republican Party. “The people of Michigan spoke, and it’s our job to deliver that message.”

It is fascinating to watch this revolting display on the part of people who, among other things, fancy themselves to be champions of tolerance and non-violent protest. Here’s hoping the next time a debate on gun laws comes to the fore that the person who threatened to “put a bullet” in Michael Banerian’s mouth will lecture us on how guns kill.

(h/t Conservative Firing Line)

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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