On Monday, Donald Trump climbed up onto the biggest platform he could find and yelled I am guilty! I did everything I’m being accused of! That confession came in the form of a statement in which Trump said in no uncertain terms that he had wanted his vice president to overthrow the 2020 election.
Although it was obvious all along, the ex-president confirmed that he intended to, and made a serious attempt to, overthrow a democratic election to reinstall himself in office. He pressured his vice president, Mike Pence, to refuse to certify the legal vote for Joe Biden and sent a throng of violent insurrectionists to the Capitol Building to intimidate him. That group of Trump supporters even erected a gallows pole in front of the building and chanted “hang Mike Pence!” while taking over the building.
Pence says Trump is ‘wrong’ to claim that the vice president could have overturned the election https://t.co/j3Qrtcp6pA
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 4, 2022
In his very first rebuke of Trump, after years of standing behind him and gazing lovingly at the back of his head, Pence said at a Federalist Society conference for which he was the keynote speaker that the twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice was just “wrong” in asserting that Pence could have overturned the election, referring to the statement Trump released on Monday.
‘This week, our former president said I had the right to “overturn the election.” President Trump is wrong. I had no right to overturn the election.’
There continues to be members of the GOP who either continue to insist that the 2020 election was rigged and that Trump really won but was robbed of votes by the Democrats, Republican officials like Georgia’s Sec. of State Brad Raffensberger, a vote tabulating machine manufacturing company, Italy, and a host of other villains. There are also a second group of the GOP who have not responded to such claims but continue to refuse to rebuke the president or the rioters who invaded the Capitol in response to Trump’s claims. Pence addressed them in his speech, as well.
‘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. Under the Constitution, I had no right to change the outcome of our election. And Kamala Harris,” he added, “will have no right to overturn the election when we beat them in 2024.’
"Mr. Kellogg said he and Ms. Trump also witnessed a telephone call … on Jan. 6, (when) Mr. Trump pressured Mr. Pence. … [Mr. Kellogg] told the committee that the president had accused Mr. Pence of not being “tough enough” to overturn the election."https://t.co/sfGdxwTkz6
— The Ghost of George Conway (@gtconway3dg) February 1, 2022
No matter what else Mike Pence did in office, history will remember that, when Donald Trump tried to commit the crime of overthrowing the constitution and seizing power in the United States, Pence did the right thing. While it’s impossible to agree with any of his platforms, he at least didn’t bow to Trump’s pressure.
‘Whatever the future holds, I know we did our duty that day. John Quincy Adams reminds us: duty is ours, results are God’s. The truth is there’s more at stake than our party or political fortunes. Men and women, if we lose faith in the Constitution, we won’t just lose elections. We’ll lose our country.’