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Elector stands behind Trump despite threats

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Representatives of the Electoral College will affirm the election of Trump when they cast their votes on December 19th. But, a Waterloo man with one of Iowa's six official votes says he's being threatened.

James Whitmer is one of six electors in the state who will cast their votes come next month.

Ever since election night, when Donald Trump won the state's six Electoral College votes, Whitmer says he's received multiple threats demanding him to change his vote.

"From people who I don't know, who are demanding that I vote for someone other than Trump," said Whitmer. "A lot of them demanding that I vote for Hillary Clinton."

Whitmer has received calls and messages on his business's Facebook page. 

"No one have overtly threatened me, but I feel that it could come to that," said Whitmer. "And these people have looted. They have assaulted people. They're having these huge demonstrations in major cities, and they are just mad about this election."

Despite the threats, Whitmer says he will continue to stand behind Trump, who he believes is best suited as President. 

"I'll be honest with you, Donald Trump was my last choice of Republicans running, and I certainly could vote for him or anyone else," said Whitmer. "And that would be perfectly legal, and that vote would register as an electoral vote. But I feel that would be throwing my vote away, and so I'm not going to do that."

Whitmer says he's adamant on his choice, even if he doesn't see eye-to-eye with all of Trumps judgment. 

"I don't agree with everything that he's done," said Whitmer. "And they have brought up a lot of the despicable things that he has done," said Whitmer. "Which I don't agree with, but I believe his political views are more closely to mine, than anyone else."

Whitmer's message to unhappy voters is to accept the outcome of the election. 

"This country will survive," said Whitmer. "It has survived with Republican and Democrat Presidents in the past. And it will survive again." 

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