So, the actual election for the President hasn't actually happened yet. The Electoral College votes on December 19, and the consequences for voting against your state's popular vote is, at worst, a slap on the wrist.
In his time as President-Elect, Donald Trump has appointed a white supremacist to a major position in his party and proposed a registry of a religious group. These are unambiguous first steps toward a governmental policy defined by hate crimes.
The risk that Trump would commit genocide is real, but even much less than that -- anything that follows on the trajectory of his decisions as president-elect so far -- is reprehensible in the extreme.
The Electoral College is problematic, but it has the chance to ignore its own rules and represent the popular vote, or to simply refuse to vote for a white supremacist fascist. If 37 electors expected to vote for Trump choose otherwise, he'll have less than a majority; if 38 vote for Hillary, she wins.
I'll be reaching out to these electors, and I ask readers here to do so, too.
To the electors: at the very least, you have an opportunity to accept a minuscule hardship in order to cast a vote that represents your refusal to let America pursue white supremacy as policy.
And as you make this decision, consider: as many moderate conservatives discovered to their horror last week, casting a protest vote for an impossible outcome can have unpredictably immense effects. You may be surrounded by allies of a kind you hadn't imagined.
Many Americans on the Eighth discovered that there was a movement of white supremacists that they'd unwittingly bolstered. But now, the white supremacists are the dominant power. Their victory is all but inevitable. Let's go to unprecedented lengths to stand against fascism and white supremacy. At the absolute least, there's nothing significant to lose by not cosigning this fascist and his allies.