Under pressure to help Trump, what will Pence do?

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
 | 
Chad Groening, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Pence and Trump on coronavirusUnder pressure to help President Trump remain in the White House, Vice President Mike Pence will find himself in an awkward situation Wednesday when he presides over a joint session of Congress to count electors from across the country.

Some Trump supporters, hanging on to hope for a final electoral battle, have insisted for weeks Pence could play a key role in his constitutional duty to recognize electoral votes from the nation’s states. But others insist the vice president’s role is minor with little authority to affect the election.

The vice president’s constitutional role as president of the Senate means Pence presides over the session, which is set to begin at 1 p.m. EST.

On Monday, none other than President Trump himself made such a claim when he spoke to Georgians at a Senate re-election rally.

"I hope Mike Pence comes through for us, I have to tell you," Trump, who can lash out angrily when loyalists disappoint him, told the crowd.

In a tweet posted Tuesday, President Trump stated, "The Vice President has the power to reject fraudently chosen electors." 

In an interview with CBN News, Trump attorney Jenna Ellis suggested that Vice President Pence has the constitutional authority to ask state legislatures in six battleground states to choose from their two competing slates of delegates.

“And that’s a fair question. That’s not exercising discretion,” Ellis insisted. “That’s not setting up any sort of bad precedent.”

Pressed by correspondent David Brody about when Pence could take such action, Ellis said it would make sense for him to bring up the issue of competing slates before he opens the sealed certification envelopes.

Yet some constitutional observers insist Pence’s role is minor, like that of an announcer, whose role is to open the certificates of electoral votes from the states, then hand them to lawmakers who read the certificates aloud.

According to an extensive Associated Press story, the joint session is expected to be dramatic when some GOP lawmakers rise to object after certificates are read from some disputed battleground states. But the role of the vice president is minor despite Trump’s wishes, the AP insists.

Clark

In the Vice President’s home state of Indiana, where Pence served as governor, Micah Clark of the American Family Association of Indiana says Pence’s actions in the coming days could “haunt him” if Trump serves only one term and the vice president runs for the White House in 2024.

“Because if it's perceived that [Pence] didn't do all he could do for President Trump, that will hurt him,” Clark warns. “And so Mike's in a very difficult position."

Clark, who knows Pence personally, says the Vice President is not a fighter-brawler like President Trump who appears to enjoy a political fight.

“Mike's not that way,” Clark tells One News Now. “He wants people to like him and Donald Trump doesn't care about that."

 

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWS BRIEF

FEATURED PODCAST

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Has the federal gov't 'crossed the line' when imposing COVID-related restrictions?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Nursing home to workers: Get vaccine or lose your job
Microsoft joins company demands for employee vaccinations
Over half NY Assembly wants to oust Cuomo if he doesn't quit
Wisconsin election officials cancel 205K voter registrations
Judge blocks Texas troopers from stopping illegals
California spending billions to house homeless in hotels

LATEST FROM THE WEB

When does the COVID-19 panic end?
Mask-wearing: Not polite, not considerate
Tucker Carlson: Rochelle Walensky now makes the laws, and she's taking your private property
Pardoning the McCloskeys is what real racial justice looks like
Clown Town: COVID experts get buckshot to the face over latest advice about wearing masks at home

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Lawsuit objects to job-killing EO, hopes to pause Biden's pause

oil rig crewA pro-oil and gas organization is taking the new administration to court. At issue is President Joe Biden's executive order pausing oil and gas sales on public lands.