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Some political public service announcements featuring celebrities took on a comedic tone during the presidential election, but now that Donald Trump is the President-elect, at least one PSA is cutting out the humor.
Martin Sheen introduces a new video from Unite For America in which he and more than a dozen other celebrities urge Republican members of the Electoral College not to vote for Trump.
“Our founding fathers built the Electoral College to safeguard the American people from the dangers of a demagogue and to ensure that the presidency only goes to someone who is to an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications,” Sheen said in the video. “You have the position, the authority and the opportunity to go down in the books as an American hero who changed the course of history, and you have my respect for your patriotism and service to the American people.
Other celebrities featured in the video include Bob Odenkirk, Moby, Debra Messing, James Cromwell and B.D. Wong.
It would take 37 “faithless electors” from states Trump won to put him below the 270 threshold and block him from the White House, after which the election would be determined by the House of Representatives, which can pick another candidate and would likely choose a “consensus Republican candidate” to become president.
To watch the PSA in full, check out the video below.