Mike Pence ‘did the Right Thing’—Gop Voters Praise Speech Against Donald Trump
Former Vice President Mike Pence’s speech in which he forcefully denounced former President Donald Trump’s claims that the 2020 presidential election would be overturned received widespread plaudits from Republican voters on Friday.
Randi Kaye, chatted with participants at Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the conservative Federalist Society in Florida after the Republican gave his remarks.
Pence delivered his most stinging condemnation of Trump to date, addressing the former president directly and telling his audience that Trump is “a disaster.” “President Trump is completely incorrect. I did not have the authority to overturn the election “the former president’s allegations to the contrary notwithstanding.
Kaye sought reactions to Pence’s speech from three of those in attendance, one of whom was unambiguous in her support for his statements, and she received three positive responses.
According to Republican voter Christine Pratt, she was “pleasantly surprised” with how he handled the situation.
“He did an excellent job, in my opinion. We should move on from the 2020 election and look ahead to the 2024 presidential election, in my opinion “” she explained.
According to Republican voter Tom Feeney, Pence had made it “obvious” that he and the president’s team “do not agree on what the vice president’s responsibilities should be on January 6,” and that “he has a difference of opinion with the president and the president’s team.”Kaye asked Feeney if he was “happy” that Pence had addressed the matter.
“I think he needed to address it,” Feeney said. “This is a great audience. These are constitutional scholars here, so you’re speaking to a very educated group.”Republican voter Keisha Russell was more emphatic in her support for the former vice president’s speech.”I think Mike Pence did the right thing,” Russell told Kaye.
“I think Mike Pence should have done what he felt was right,” Russell added. “And it sounds like he did what he felt was right.”Kaye then asked how Pence calling Trump “wrong” would sit with Trump.”Probably not well,” Russell replied. “But I guess we’ll have to wait and see what he says.”
It didn’t take long for Trump to reply to Pence’s speech. The former president blasted Pence in a statement and again repeated the claim that the vice president could reject Electoral College votes and send them back to state legislatures.
Expert have widely rejected that idea and the vice president plays a largely ceremonial role in the certification of Electoral College votes.