The Detroit Post
Tuesday, 19 October, 2021

Donald Trump Mike Pence

Daniel Brown
• Saturday, 07 November, 2020
• 8 min read

Sen. James Income of Oklahoma told reporters that Mr. Pence was “very upset” with the president. The president pressured Mr. Pence repeatedly at a massive rally on Wednesday to stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College results for President-elect Joseph R. Biden, due to alleged election fraud in several states.

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Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump ally, praised Mr. Pence ’s actions as president of the Senate. “Vice President Pence was a profile in courage yesterday,” Mr. Gingrich tweeted.

Trump falsely declared Tuesday that Pence “has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors,” setting up Pence as the fall guy if he doesn’t go along with Trump ’s latest desperate attempt to reject the 2020 election results. The implicit bargain was that once Trump was out of office, Pence would have a shot at winning over his old boss’s voters in his own bid for the White House.

That’s the lesson of Donald Trump,” GOP strategist Brendan Tannhauser told VICE News. The case was legally flimsy and a long shot to begin with, but Pence ’s move to oppose it further kneecapped Trump ’s latest, and potentially last, desperate attempt to cling to power.

Pence isn’t the only 2024 hopeful grappling with how to handle Trump ’s half-baked coup attempt while preserving his own political hide. Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz both plan to use Wednesday’s congressional proceedings to try to toss out the election results from states that Trump lost but insists without evidence were stolen from him.

That moment may be the effective end of Pence ’s 2024 presidential hopes, as Trump turns his wrath and his base against his longtime number two. With just over two weeks until inauguration day, the Trump revolution may be ready to eat one more if its own as its leader heads out the door.

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Minutes after Biden's electoral victory was affirmed by Congress, Trump acknowledged he will depart the White House on Inauguration Day. Many of President DonaldTrump's social media accounts are frozen on Thursday, which began with an unprecedented move from Twitter.

In messages and a video, Trump repeated unfounded claims that the election was “fraudulent” and told his supporters who rioted at the U.S. Capitol that “we love you” but that they should “go home.” All airline passengers entering Canada, beginning Thursday, must have a negative coronavirus test within three days before they arrive in the country, the Canadian government says.

The rule takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, and applies to all air passengers over the age of five, according to the website for the Ministry of Transport. Only molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) results will be accepted and the test must have been performed within 72 hours of the traveler's departure time.

'The New York Times report regarding comments Vice President Pence supposedly made to me today is fake news,' Trump said in a statement issued by the White House. Delivering bad news: Sixpence was spotted at the White House Tuesday after Trump had tweeted that the vice president could disqualify Electoral College votes.

That Trump tweeted it shows his level of desperate clutching at straws with Congress all but certain to torpedo his bid to overturn the election as early as Wednesday. Trump had first wanted Republicans to vote to reject electors from swing states, but a majority of GOP senators have made clear they will not go along with that, making it dead on arrival.

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He delivered the bad news over lunch, the New York Times reported, sugaring the pill by suggesting he could in some ways acknowledge Trump's discredited claims when he presides over the Senate. Ahead of the traditionally ceremonial event, President Donald Trump had escalated his pressure campaign on Pence to help him overturn the election results and spend another four years in the White House.

The New York Times reported that Pence also told Trump to lighten the blow that he would keep 'studying the issue' until the joint session begins at 1pm Wednesday. Truth to power: Donald Trump demanded publicly Monday night at his rally in Georgia and then on Twitter that the vice president aid his campaign to overturn the election.

Desperation move: Trump's extraordinary plan to overturn the election through Sixpence is a final attempt to stop Joe Biden's victory being confirmed That is when he could offer some 'acknowledgment' of Trump's claims about fraud to ameliorate both the blow to his boss, and the potential for the president to turn on his ultra-loyal deputy in the dying days of the administration, and beyond.

His delivery of bad news to Trump came after a lawsuit brought by Louis Former, an ultra-loyalist congressman, which demanded that federal courts say Pence could disqualify electoral college votes was dismissed rapidly by a judge and an appeals court. Senators Tim Scott and Jim Income became the latest GOP lawmakers to risk the wrath of Trump with their decision to back Biden.

'These principles are enshrined in the Constitution to ensure the American people, not the party in control of Congress, have the power to choose their president.' At least 24 Republican senators will vote to certify Biden's election win, according to a count by Politico while 13 are supporting Trump.

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It takes a simple majority of 51 senators to sustain the objection to a state's electoral college result, upending it. But with all 48 Democrats unlikely to do so and the 24 Republicans joining them, that's 72 votes for Biden, leaving Trump's hopes in the dust.

Senator Ted Cruz, who is leading the objection effort, will challenge the results of Arizona on Wednesday while Senator Kelly Offer will likely lead the objection when it comes to the results in her home state of Georgia. Even without the outcome highly unlikely to go Trump's way there is bound to be plenty of fiery floor debate and political theater.

Trump has made it clear he expects his second-in-command to keep him in the White House even if Pence does not legally or constitutionally have the power to do so. He's a great guy,' Trump told a campaign rally Monday night in Dalton, Georgia.

Biden even gaveled down an effort to object to Trump's victory when he presided over the electoral count in January 2017. It raised questions, however, if Pence would be taking those breaks when things got hot politically speaking.

As each state's result is read, Pence will ask whether any member of Congress wishes to raise an objection. As part of his parliamentary duties, it's Pence who will decide if the objection is valid to warrant the two-hour debate and vote in each chamber.

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While campaigning for Georgia's Senate candidates in that state on Monday, Pence responded to shouts of the 'stop the steal' with this: 'We all got our doubts about the last election. Peter Navarro, the White House trade adviser, claimed inaccurately on Fox News over the weekend that Pence could call for an 'emergency 10-day audit' of the election returns to the states Trump allies are disputing.

Pence and his chief of staff Marc Short were in the Oval Office with President Trump and other advisers on Monday night before the president left for Georgia to campaign for the two Republican senators on the ballot in Tuesday's special election. At 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Senators and Representatives will gather in the House chamber for a Joint Session of Congress to count and certify the electoral college ballots.

Republicans, however, have vowed to object to the electoral college results, dragging out the certification process and putting on a grand display of theater that will likely please the president. As each state's result is read, Pence will ask whether any member of Congress wishes to raise an objection.

The Democratically-controlled House is unlikely to support sustaining an objection, meaning the states' results will stand and Biden will ultimately be declared the winner. President Trump's allies are looking at challenging three states: Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, which could go into the early morning hours of Thursday.

'At the end of the day, which could be the middle of the night, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be officially declared the next President and Vice President of the United States,' Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote to Democratic House members on Monday. If all three state challenges are successful, Biden would have 259 electoral votes, throwing the election to the House of Representatives to select the next president.

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The number of Republican senators planning to go along with election challenges grew to 13 at Trump's Georgia rally when Sen. Kelly Offer announced she was behind the effort. But the leaked recording of Trump's call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger may have undermined the Senate GOP efforts by linking claims the lawmakers hitched to the Constitution to the president's request that Raffensperger 'find' 11,780 votes for him.

Georgia's election official Gabriel Sterling debunked many of the president's 'fantastical' claims in a press conference Monday. GOP strategist Doug Had told The Hill regarding Trump's leaked call: 'The tape now makes it harder for other people to join on.

The fact of the matter is the election results have been certified,' said Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif. Party leaders are preparing for tense debates on Wednesday.

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