Trump Rift with Pence Widens After Jan. 6 Comments

Former President Donald Trump recently slammed his former Vice President Mike Pence’s comments that he did not have the authority to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

Through a statement released by his Save America PAC, Trump said, “Just saw Mike Pence’s statement on the fact that he had no right to do anything with respect to the Electoral Vote Count, other than being an automatic conveyor belt for the Old Crow Mitch McConnell to get Biden elected president as quickly as possible.

“Well, the Vice President’s position is not an automatic conveyor if obvious signs of voter fraud or irregularities exist.”

Trump argued that Democrats and some Republican “RINOs,” or Republicans In Name Only, continue to try to change the Electoral Count Act is evidence that the 2020 election was stolen.

Recently, some Republicans and Democrats have expressed openness and willingness to overhaul the 1887 election law.

Several changes are under consideration, including increasing the number of lawmakers who must object prior to Congress taking up a vote to challenge a state’s Electoral College slate.

An amendment under consideration would clarify the vice president’s role in the certification process. A group of Senate Democrats recently unveiled their proposal to reform the legislation.

Trump Breaks with Pence

In Trump’s measured remarks he avoided harsher criticism of Pence.

However, the comments reinforce the divide between the two over how they each viewed Pence’s role in the certification of the 2020 election results.

Former President Trump hasn’t wavered from believing that the 2020 election was stolen.

Meanwhile, Pence is considered a possible candidate for the 2024 presidential election. In a recent speech at a Federalist Society event, the former vice president offered a rebuke of his former boss for suggesting that he had the authority to overturn the presidential election results.

“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. And I heard this week that President Trump said I had the right to ‘overturn the election,’ said Pence.

“President Trump is wrong,” Pence continued.

“I had no right to overturn the election. The presidency belongs to the American people and the American people alone. Frankly, there is almost no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American President.”

The former VP’s remarks came on the same day that the Republican National Committee censured Representatives Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. and Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. for their involvement in the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 incident at the Capitol and past criticism of former President Trump.