Electoral vote drama grabs social media attention

Social Cues: Also trending is the four-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting rampage.

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Alfred Ng was a senior reporter for CNET News. He was raised in Brooklyn and previously worked on the New York Daily News's social media and breaking news teams.
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An anti-Trump movement may be growing within the Electoral College, and it's driving social media wild.

Many of President-elect Donald Trump's supporters see so-called "faithless electors" as traitors, while Trump's opponents are rallying to convince more electors to switch sides to prevent him from officially winning the White House.

Social Cues is our look at what's trending on social media. Here's what people are talking about on Wednesday:

20 Trump: Up to 20 Republican electors may not vote for the president-elect, according to a Politico report. So far, the only elector who has publicly stated he won't select Trump is Christopher Suprun of Texas, who was trending on Facebook last week for his decision. At least 37 Republican electors would have to vote against Trump for him to lose the Electoral College. Trump supporters on Twitter are furious that this could potentially happen. One Twitter user named "Deplorable Jim" called this trend a "coup" organized by liberals to "steal" the election.

#InformtheElectors: Some people on Twitter are using this hashtag in response to the trending "20 Trump," in a bid to get more electors to cast their vote against the president-elect. Some are pointing to the influence of Russian cyberattacks on the election, while others have pointed to Trump's cabinet selections and campaign promises.

#SandyHook: Wednesday marks four years since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. People on Twitter are paying tribute to the 20 children and six adults shot to death that day. The anniversary has also sparked debate on gun control on social media yet again. Some criticize the lack of policy change in the four years since the shooting, while others push for more guns as a preventive measure.

#ScienceWillTellYou: Quickie science lessons and jokes are filling up Twitter feeds on Wednesday morning. The hashtag game is relatively harmless, though some are using it to push atheism and pro-life agendas on Twitter. Just stick to these bad science puns, instead.

#MyBestHolidayMemory: It's the most wonderful time of the year...to look back. People are sharing their favorite holiday memories on the hashtag, reminiscing about cookies, family time and presents. I love holiday memories. Would love to be a part of one someday.

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