Investigation shows he was not 9/11 First Responder, as Electoral College set to elect Trump
Republican elector Chris Suprun caused a ruckus when he announced he would not vote for President-elect Donald Trump even though Trump won the state in the November election.
But is it all a publicity stunt? WFAA investigated Suprun’s past and found numerous inconsistencies such as lying about working as a 9/11 first responder at the Pentagon:
“He claimed to be a first responder with the Manassas Park [Virginia] Fire Department on September 11, 2001 and personally told us stories ‘I was fighting fire that day at the Pentagon.’ No, I was on a medic unit that day at the Pentagon and you make a phone call to Manassas Park and you find out that he wasn’t even employed there until October 2001,” said a first responder who knows Suprun and only agreed to speak about him if his identity was concealed.
The City of Manassas Park confirmed to WFAA that it hired Suprun on October 10, 2001, one month after the 9/11 attacks.
The fire chief there added that his department never even responded to the Pentagon or any of the 9/11 sites.
“It’s no different than stolen valor for the military; dressing up and saying ‘Hey, I earned a Purple Heart’ when you weren’t even in combat.’ There’s a big difference between shopping at Old Navy and being a Navy SEAL,” said the first responder who knows him.
It shows he was, at the time this story aired on WFAA, a paramedic with Air Methods air ambulance service. But Christina Brodsly, a spokeswoman for that company, said he is not an employee there.
Suprun also claims to currently be a paramedic with Freedom EMS in Dallas. But records from the Texas Department of State Health Services indicate there’s no such company. A firm with that name used to exist in Houston, but it went out of business in 2008, according to DSHS.
Turns out, federal court records show Suprun has spent the last five years in bankruptcy while his résumé says he was working. He even collected unemployment during part of it, court records show. Suprun was just released from bankruptcy supervision this month.
Creepy thing is that at two baseball games he threw out the first pitch as a 9/11 veteran in full uniform.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) May 13, 2015
What uniform is he wearing?! Manassas Park told WFAA “it looks similar to theirs from 12 years ago but could not positively identify it.”
But no matter what the electors across the country will meet across the country on Monday to vote for Donald Trump. Yes, whether you like it or not, the electoral college will choose Trump.
Leftists and celebrities can try all they want, but it turns out the electoral college voters will back President-elect Donald Trump for president. The Associated Press asked 330 electors and most said they will vote for Trump:
Whether they like Trump or not, and some surely don’t, scores of the Republicans chosen to cast votes in the state-capital meetings told AP they felt bound by history, duty, party loyalty, or the law to rubber-stamp their state’s results and make him president. Appeals numbering in the tens of thousands — drowning inboxes, ringing cellphones, stuffing home and office mailboxes with actual handwritten letters — have not swayed them.
The Associated Press tried to reach all 538 electors and interviewed more than 330 of them, finding widespread Democratic aggravation with the electoral process but little expectation that the hustle of anti-Trump maneuvering could derail him. For that to happen, Republican-appointed electors would have to stage an unprecedented defection and Democrats would need to buck tradition, too, by peeling away from Hillary Clinton and swinging behind a consensus candidate in sufficient numbers.
Protestors have bombarded these people with emails and telephone calls containing death threats, but none of this will change their minds. In fact, only one of the interviewees told the AP he would not vote for Trump:
Nashville attorney Tom Lawless, who chose Marco Rubio in the primaries, described his vow to cast his electoral vote for Trump in blunt terms. “Hell will freeze and we will be skating on the lava before I change,” he said. “He won the state and I’ve pledged and gave my word that that’s what I would do. And I won’t break it.”
Nor will Jim Skaggs, 78, a developer from Bowling Green, Kentucky, despite deep concern about Trump. “His personality worries me,” Skaggs said. “He is not open-minded.” Skaggs knew Trump’s father through the construction business, met the son in his 20s, and “I wasn’t impressed.”
“I hope he is far better than I think he is,” Skaggs said. Even so, “I fully intend to vote for Donald Trump,” he said. “I think it’s a duty.”
After the AP article came out, The Hill reached out to “state party chairmen or officials for 10 of the 30 states Trump won in November, accounting for 170 of the 270 electoral votes he needs to win.” They promised they could “deliver 169 of the 170 electoral votes:”
“We’re certain about how our electors will vote,” Florida GOP chairman Blaise Ingoglia told The Hill. “There is a better chance of Hillary Clinton telling the truth about something than any of our 29 electoral votes going for anyone other than Donald Trump.”
The lone exception is a rebel elector in Texas, who has written an op-ed in the New York Times and said in media interviews that he will not vote for Trump.
One liberal group claims that they have “20 of the 37 GOP defectors needed to pull an upset.” However, no GOP party state chairmen could find evidence of the group’s claims. North Carolina GOP spokeswoman Emily Weeks said the party has remained in contact with the state’s electors and “they are all very excited and confident in their vote for Donald Trump.”
South Carolina GOP chairman Matt Moore met with nine electors and confirmed they will vote for Trump. Arizona GOP chairman Robert Graham said that the majority of his meetings with electors are about how to deal with the threats they have received. But Graham said Trump will receive all 11 Arizona electoral votes. Ohio GOP chairman Matt Borges confirmed all electors will vote for Trump.
If an elector decides not to vote for Trump, the party will “deem that person to have resigned and would assign an alternate vote for Trump” in Michigan and North Carolina. Defectors can face charges for not voting for the winner in South Carolina, Washington, and California.
But those who want electors to change their vote hope many have not voiced their opinions to keep any of the options above from coming to fruition:
That’s what the opposition, led by liberal activist and Harvard professor Larry Lessig, is banking on.
Lessig, who is spearheading the effort from Iceland, believes many electors have buyer’s remorse and are spooked by swirling stories about Russia’s involvement in the election and Trump’s conflicts of interest.
“No one should overestimate the possibility of something significant happening Monday,” he said. “But it’s certainly the case that never in history have we had such a significant resistance by electors at this stage. A week ago we had one [rogue elector], now I’m confident we have 20. These issues are inducing people to second-guess their commitments and their numbers continue to increase.”
Want to watch something funny? Hollywood celebrities made a video to persuade electors to abandon their posts and vote against Trump. I personally cannot stop laughing.