‘We’ll Lose Our Country,’ Pence Says in Response to Trump’s Claims on January 6th.
“Wrong” is how Mike Pence described former President Trump’s critique of Pence’s conduct on Jan. 6 on Friday, going further than he has ever gone before in openly and bluntly criticizing Trump.
Before Congress, Trump said that Pence, as the man in charge of tallying the electoral votes from November’s election, could award Trump victory if he so chose.
“Unfortunately, he didn’t employ that power, he could have overturned the Election!”In a statement, Trump blasted Pence’s performance.
“As the presiding officer of the joint session of Congress, there are individuals in my own party who feel I have unilateral authority to reject electoral college ballots.
Ex-President Trump, on the other hand, told me this week that I had a right to “overturn the election.” “Pence made the remarks at a lecture to the Florida branch of the Federalist Society, which he gave on Friday.
“… President Trump is incorrect….I did not have the authority to alter the outcome of the vote “he stated.The president belongs to the people of the United States and only the people of the United States.Because the idea of a single person picking the American president is, in my opinion, completely un-American.”
“I couldn’t tamper with the results of our election since that was against the letter of the law.
And if we defeat them in 2024, Kamala Harris will have no standing to overturn the results “Pence carried on.
Conservative lawyers earlier heard him say, “As constitutional conservatives, the American people must know that we always keep our oath to the Constitution, even when it would be politically expedient to do otherwise; they must know, as the Bible says, that we will “keep our oath even when it hurts,””
“Under Article II Section I, elections are performed at the state level, not by the Congress.
In terms of the Electoral College, Congress only has the power to open and count the votes that have been presented and validated by the states.
Neither more, nor less, “he stated.
“Men and women, if we lose trust in the Constitution, we won’t just lose elections, we’ll lose our country,” Pence added.
After Pence’s speech, Trump released a statement in which he said in part, “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 to serve as an automatic conveyor belt for the Old Crow Mitch McConnell to get Biden elected President as quickly as possible…..
If there are clear indications of voter fraud or anomalies, the Vice President’s position is not a given.”