Protesters at the California Capitol called on members of the Electoral College to honor the popular vote and reject Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States on Monday.
Referring to themselves as “Defend Democracy,” the group read their own version of the Declaration of Independence. The declaration lists the group’s grievances with the President-elect, including that he “defended torture, racial and religious discrimination,” “boasted of sexual assaults” and “has chosen to appoint people who range from utterly unqualified to extremely dangerous.”
“We’re distressed about the irregularities in the election and the menaces of the alleged president-elect,” said Rebecca Solnit, an author and activist leading the local protest. “We want questions answered about his conflicts of interest, his emoluments in violation of the constitution, his possible aid from a foreign power, and we want to know what happened in our election.”
The group asked protesters to return to the Capitol on December 19, the day Electoral College votes are cast, to join a rally held in conjunction with other actions at statehouses across the country.