Former President Trump fires off at former Vice President for calling him ‘un-American” for trying to address the election results.
Former President Trump responded Friday night, hours after former Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech that he rejected the idea that he could have used his power on Jan. 6, 2021, to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.
Former Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech in Flordia Friday. They pushed back against claims from former President Trump and his supporters that he could use his power to contest the 2020 presidential election.
“There are those in our party who believe that as the presiding officer over the joint session of Congress, I possessed unilateral authority to reject electoral college votes,” Pence said in the speech to the Federalist Society.
The former vice president added that he understands the “disappointment” that many feel about the outcome of the last election.
Pence’s comments came days after Trump voiced his belief that, via the Electoral Count Act, Pence could send the electoral votes back to the states.
Pence explained that “under Article II Section One, elections are conducted at the state level, not by Congress” and that “the only role of Congress with respect to the electoral college is to open the count votes submitted and certified by the states.”
Pence had also referred to the January 6 riot as a “dark day in the history of the United States Capitol.”
While Pence stated that he “shares it,” referring to the election outcome but seemed to take a shot at former President Trump still.
Trump argued that if “obvious signs of voter fraud or irregularities exist,” Pence could have done something about it.
“Just saw Mike Pence’s statement on the fact 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,” Trump wrote in an official statement.”
Pence had stated in his speech, “I had no right to overturn the election,” Pence continued. “Frankly, there is almost no idea more un-American than the notion that anyone person could choose the American president.”
Responding, Trump claimed that because Pence could have overturned the election, Democrats and “RINOs” were now working “feverishly together” to take away that power from the vice president “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 added, saying if there was evidence of large-scale fraud or irregularities, “it would have been appropriate to send those votes back to the legislature to figure it out … in the meantime, our country is going to hell!”
Trump unsuccessfully brought legal challenges against President Biden’s 2020 win for several months before Biden was sworn in a year ago. No large-scale evidence of fraud has been found from the 2020 election.