A black Republican father-daughter duo will make history when they cast their electoral votes for Donald Trump.
Kelly Mitchell and her father, Henry Hatter, are members of Michigan’s Electoral College. They are among the few African-American Republican electors in the nation, and a rare father-daughter duo.
Despite being barraged with emails, letters, postcards and phone calls urging them to change their electoral vote to Hillary Clinton, Mitchell and Hatter will vote for Trump, who won the state of Michigan.
Mitchell dismisses critics who suggest she’s betraying her race by supporting Trump. “I don’t really worry about what other people who say to me about race or how I should vote,” Mitchell told the Associated Press. “It’s been what’s right for and worked for me. I make no apologies.”
Congratulations Kelly Mitchell and Henry Hatter !
You do us proud….. https://t.co/Z7OfA0zgaA
— RWFM (@RWFMI) December 17, 2016
While prominent African-Americans like LeBron James, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama begged blacks to vote for Clinton, their pleas fell on deaf ears, as the “Obama coalition” failed to turn out in huge numbers.
Mrs. Obama recently angered 63 million voters who chose Trump by saying Americans now feel hopeless with Trump as president.
Both Kelly Mitchell and Henry Hatter have met Trump and are hopeful and confident he will do great things. “Despite his imperfections (people) will find that his policies will benefit the majority of Americans,” Kelly said.
Her dad agreed. “People are always listening for a knock in the engine instead of how smoothly the engine runs,” said Hatter, 80.
Meanwhile, many other electors are experiencing the terrifying fallout of being Trump supporters.
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) December 17, 2016
Michael Banerian, a 22-year-old elector from Michigan, has received countless death threats urging him to cast his vote for Clinton or his “brains will be blown out.”
Nasty, ominous letters and emails read: “You’re a hateful bigot, I hope you die,” Banerian said.
Is this what Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton meant when they said: “When they go low, we go high”?
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