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New MoveOn TV ad features Republican elector who opposes Trump

A new TV ad from Political Action airing during Friday morning’s edition of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” features Christopher Suprun, a Republican elector from Texas who is refusing to support Donald Trump.

The ad is part of a new campaign from to push electors to reject Trump. The organization cited Russian interference, Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest, and the 2.8 million vote margin in Hillary Clinton’s favor, as well as Trump’s apparent disregard for the Constitution, as motivating the extraordinary step.

“This is an unprecedented moment in American history,” said Civic Action Executive Director Anna Galland, in announcing the campaign on Thursday. “Trump presents a unique set of threats to our democracy. Every elector who votes their conscience to block Trump can help draw attention to his absolute lack of mandate, his loss of the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, the extraordinary interference by a foreign government in this election, his business’s foreign entanglements, and his patent unfitness for office. Our actions now will also help push Democrats to be bolder and more courageous in their opposition to Trump’s and the Republicans’ odious policies and nominees—knowing that MoveOn members will have their backs when they step out to defend our common values and what’s best for our nation.”

MoveOn’s recent work includes partnering with former White House ethics counsels Richard Painter and Norm Eisen, who served Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama respectively, to produce a new video with more than 4 million views and host a Facebook Live conversation on how Trump will be in violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause on his first day in office due to payments his business is receiving from foreign governments.

More than 200,000 people have signed a petition calling on President Obama to “declassify all evidence of Russian interference and host intelligence briefing for electors before Electoral College votes on December 19.” On Wednesday, more than 17,000 MoveOn members called the White House with that same request.