The fact that this was even a rumor speaks volumes about the devolution of American politics…
Fake news: Michigan GOP elector didn’t choose suicide over voting for Trump
Readers should not put any faith in a fake news story about a would-be faithless elector who chose death over Donald Trump.
“Electoral College elector commits suicide to avoid voting for Donald Trump,” read a Dec. 19, 2016, headline on UniversePolitics.com. It appeared the same day members of the Electoral College voted to officially elect Trump the 45th president.
The story said a 47-year-old Michigan elector named Jeremy Hashville killed himself in an absurdly complicated fashion, revealing in a note that he could not bear to vote for Trump. The post was flagged by Facebook as part of the company’s efforts to fight fake news online.
Nothing about the story or its extreme premise is accurate.