Plenty of people have speculated on Pence’s decision, in the aftermath of the 2020 Election. It’s clear that Trump and Pence have parted ways. The former running mates don’t appear to be working together. Some even believe Pence is gearing up for a 2024 run of his own. Perhaps that’s why he fired a shot against Trump and his role in the January 6 controversy.
From The Hill:
Pence made headlines on Friday when he broke from Trump in the clearest terms yet, saying the former president was “wrong” in believing he had the right to overturn the election…
“I had no right to overturn the election. The presidency belongs to the American people, and the American people alone,” Pence said at a Federalist Society event on Friday.
It seems like Pence is forgetting one big thing about that election. And Donald Trump didn’t mince any words to rebuke Pence for his claims.
From Donald J Trump:
Just saw Mike Pence’s statement on the fact that he had no right to do anything with respect to the Electoral Vote Count…
Well, the Vice President’s position is not an automatic conveyor if obvious signs of voter fraud or irregularities exist… The reason they want it changed is because they now say they don’t want the Vice President to have the right to ensure an honest vote…
If there is fraud or large scale irregularities, it would have been appropriate to send those votes back to the legislatures to figure it out.
Mike Pence seemed to slam Donald Trump for his challenge to the 2020 Presidential Election results. In a move that appeared to defend his unpopular and controversial decision to certify the election results, Pence claimed he had no right to “overturn” the will of the American people.
It seemed Pence’s decision to reject calls to send back the electors was motivated by his personal opinion about the election results, not what he previously indicated.
(He had formerly claimed there was no constitutional path for him to send back the electors.)
Trump fired back, saying it was Pence’s job to confront allegations of “voter fraud or irregularities.” At the time, numerous state lawmakers from several states petitioned Pence to send back their electors, as they believed there was enough evidence to conduct investigations.
Pence, ignoring those concerns, went ahead and certified the questionable election results.
In Trump’s response, he doesn’t seem too concerned with protecting his reputation. Instead, he lists some very important points that Pence appeared to gloss over. Such as attempts by Democrats to now rewrite the electoral laws, so that future vice presidents cannot play a role in certifying an election.
Trump avoided taking potshots against Pence, which suggests he still respects the man. He had no trouble attacking RINOs and “Old Crow” Mitch McConnell. That absence of insults against Pence shows that this “rift” is more about their views than their attitudes toward each other.
That being said, I doubt Pence will be going to Mar-A-Largo anytime soon.
- Mike Pence contradicted Trump in a recent speech.
- He claimed the questionable 2020 Election results were the will of the American people.
- Trump fired back, explaining it is the VP’s job to reject “obvious signs” of fraud.