A political adviser believes every American deserves to hear Mike Pence’s account of the election outcome.
The former vice president’s chief of staff felt obliged to correct Donald Trump’s claims that electoral college votes that declared Joe Biden the winner could have been challenged.
“The [former] vice president has commented on Jan. 6 on several occasions, including last summer at the Ronald Reagan Library,” Marc Short said in a video shared on YouTube.
“He extended those remarks a little bit this week at the Federalist Society, primarily because the president’s comments about the vice president had the ability to overturn the election, I think merited response,” he added.
Short dismissed former President Trump’s concern that House Democrat efforts to amend the Electoral College Act, and prevent future vice presidents from rejecting electoral college votes, prove Pence could have overturned the last election result.
“There is nothing in the 12th Amendment or the Electoral Count Act that would have forwarded the president or vice president that authority,” the adviser can be heard saying. “I know no vice president in the last 200 years have used that authority.”
The Republican also warned there could be dire ramifications for the 2024 election if Pence had of sent electoral college votes back for recertification or approval.
“It certainly is not one that I think conservatives or Republicans would want [for] Kamala Harris to have the ability to say she can reject votes from Texas, Wyoming or any other state heading in[to] 2024,” he said.
Trump earlier proposed a new congressional inquiry to grill Pence about why he did not overturn the 2020 general election results by sending votes back to “various legislators for reassessment.”
“The ‘unselect’ committee should be investigating why [House speaker] Nancy Pelosi did such a poor job of overseeing security, and why Mike Pence did not send back the votes for recertification or approval,” Trump said.
The Republican claims House Democrat efforts to amend the Electoral College Act, and prevent future vice presidents from rejecting electoral college votes, prove Pence could have overturned the last election result.
“It has now been shown that he clearly had the right to do so,” he said. “The vice president did have this right or, more pointedly, could have sent the votes back to various legislators for reassessment after so much fraud and irregularities were found.”
The former president still suspects House Democrats misled the nation into thinking a vice president has “absolutely no right” to uphold electoral integrity.