Mike Pence just permanently broke with Donald Trump.
Trump and Pence appear headed on a collision course.
And all hell broke loose when Mike Pence attacked Trump over this 2020 election claim.
In a speech before the Federalist Society – the same D.C. interest group that recommended center-left Judges John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court – Mike Pence rebuked Donald Trump for Trump’s recent statement claiming Pence could have rejected Electoral College votes from states Trump claimed were fraudulently won.
As on January 6, Pence pointed to the Constitution to explain the vice president’s only role in the joint session of Congress is merely ceremonial.
“The only role Congress has with respect to the Electoral College is to open and count votes submitted and certified by the states,” Pence added. “No more, no less. Actually, our founders were deeply suspicious of consolidated power in our nation’s capital. Were rightly concerned with foreign interference in our presidential elections, if they were decided in our new capital. That’s why the Constitutional Convention settled on state-based elections.
“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,” Pence continued.
However, Pence may have crossed a line by attacking Donald Trump as “un-American.”
“But President Trump is wrong. I had no right to overturn the election. The presidency belongs to 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 declared.
Pence added that the idea that the vice president could reject election results means Vice President Kamala Harris could throw out the results of a potential Donald Trump win in 2024.
“I had no right to change the outcome of our action, and [Vice President] Kamala Harris will have no right to overturn the election when we beat them in 2024,” Pence added.
January 6 was the breaking point for Trump and Pence.
Pence argued he did his duty under the Constitution and Trump claims Pence let him down.
The two may have a chance to hash out this argument and let GOP voters choose which one they support in a 2024 GOP presidential primary.
Donald Trump looks highly likely to run for president in 2024.
There are numerous reports that Mike Pence plans to run for president even if Trump declares his candidacy.
And that could provide the chance for the ultimate showdown between Trump and Pence over the 2020 election.
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