For four years President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence forged an effective working relationship.
That partnership is about to fracture.
And that’s because Donald Trump put Mike Pence on notice with this demand.
Vice President Pence will preside when both houses of Congress convene for a joint session to certify the results of the Electoral College.
Some Trump supporters contend the Vice President has the power to decide which slate of electors they recognize and that Pence can refuse to recognize slates of electors from disputed states where Trump supporters allege Joe Biden only won due to massive voter fraud.
Vice President Pence argues that an 1887 law renders his role in the joint sessions merely ceremonial—all Pence does is read the results that states already certified.
But at a rally in Georgia, President Trump told the crowd that he hoped Mike Pence “came through” for him during the joint session.
President Trump seemed to jokingly add that if Pence did not help Republicans reject the results Trump might not “like him quite as much.”
“There is nothing the radical Democrats won’t do to get in power that they so desperately crave, even the outright stealing of elections like they are trying to do with us. We’re not going to let it happen.Over the past…” President Trump stated. “…And I hope Mike Pence comes through for us, I have to tell you. I hope that our great vice president, our great vice president comes through for us. He’s a great guy. Of course, if he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him quite as much,” President Trump told the crowd.
President Trump followed up by making it clear he believed Vice President Pence could play an active role in rejecting what the President believes are fraudulent election results.
“No, Mike is a great guy. He is a wonderful man and a smart man. And a man that I like. A lot. But he’s going to have a lot to say about it,” Trump added. “You know one thing with him you’re going to get straight shots. He’s going to call it straight.”
Trump supporters in the House of Representatives believed the same thing.
Led by Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert they filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the law that Vice President Pence claimed tied his hands.
Vice President Pence asked a judge to throw the lawsuit out claiming Gohmert was suing the wrong person and should target Congress instead of him.
A judge agreed and tossed the case.
But Vice President Pence made it clear he was on the President’s side releasing a statement declaring that he looked forward to hearing all of the objections to the results of the Electoral College.
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