During a speech from Florida on Friday at the Federalist Society, former VP Mike Pence called out Trump on the certification of the Electoral College vote for the presidency on Jan. 6, 2021.
“There are those in our party who believe that as the presiding officer over the joint session of Congress, that I possess unilateral authority to reject Electoral College votes. And I heard this week that President Trump said I had the right to overturn the election,” said Pence.
“But President Trump is wrong. I had no right to overturn the election. The presidency belongs the American people, and the American people alone. And frankly, there’s no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president,” Pence said.
On Friday, in a statement, former President Donald Trump shot back, “Just saw Mike Pence’s statement on the fact that he had no right to do anything with respect to the Electoral Vote Count, other than being an automatic conveyor belt for the Old Crow Mitch McConnell to get Biden elected President as quickly as possible. Well, the Vice President’s position is not an automatic conveyor if obvious signs of voter fraud or irregularities exist,” said Trump.
“That’s why the Democrats and RINOs are working feverishly together to change the very law that Mike Pence and his unwitting advisors used on January 6 to say he had no choice. The reason they want it changed is because they now say they don’t want the Vice President to have the right to ensure an honest vote. In other words, I was right and everyone knows it,” Trump said.
“If there is fraud or large-scale irregularities, it would have been appropriate to send those votes back to the legislatures to figure it out. The Dems and RINOs want to take that right away. A great opportunity lost, but not forever, in the meantime, our country is going to hell, Trump concluded.
Last Sunday, Former President Donald Trump blasted a bipartisan effort to strengthen the Electoral Count Act, saying that it was proof that former Vice President Mike Pence had the authority to overturn the results of the election.
“If the Vice President (Mike Pence) had ‘absolutely no right’ to change the Presidential election results in the Senate, despite fraud and many other irregularities, how come the Democrats and RINO Republicans, like Wacky Susan Collins, are desperately trying to pass legislation that will not allow the Vice President to change the results of the election?” Trump said in a statement Sunday.
“Actually, what they are saying, is that Mike Pence did have the right to change the outcome, and they now want to take that right away,” Trump said.
Trump’s statement came after a bipartisan group of more than a dozen senators began meeting to discuss possible reforms to the 1887 law, which dictates how Congress counts and certifies Electoral College results.
Senators from both parties, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have signaled support for reforming the law to safeguard further elections, and their comments came after Democrats in Congress unsuccessfully tried to pass federal voting legislation in response to election overhaul bills that Republicans passed in multiple states.
“So pathetic to watch the Unselect Committee of political hacks, liars, and traitors work so feverishly to alter the Electoral College Act so that a Vice President cannot ensure the honest results of the election, when just one year ago they said that “the Vice President has absolutely no right to ensure the true outcome or results of an election,” Trump said in a statement.
“In other words, they lied, and the Vice President did have this right or, more pointedly, could have sent the votes back to various legislators for reassessment after so much fraud and irregularities were found. If it were sent back to the legislators, or if Nancy Pelosi, who is in charge of Capitol security, had taken my recommendation and substantially increased security, there would have been no “January 6” as we know it,” Trump added.
“Therefore, the Unselect Committee should be investigating why Nancy Pelosi did such a poor job of overseeing security and why Mike Pence did not send back the votes for recertification or approval, in that it has now been shown that he clearly had the right to do so,” Trump concluded.