In a last illusory effort to secure a second term, President Donald Trump tore his own party apart on Wednesday, placing all hopes on a vice president who has no political power to do anything and vowing to tear down any Republican who opposes him.
“You have to get your people to fight and if they don’t fight, we have to get rid of those who don’t fight. We’ll let you know who they are, ”Trump said in a rambling speech at a large DC rally held Wednesday to coincide with Congress’ official Electoral College vote count.
Through a chorus of “bullshit” from the MAGA fan base, Trump criticized the “pathetic” and “weak” Republican establishment – before taking a hit at Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) who criticized several picked up on the president for his efforts to undermine the 2020 election results.
“It turns out that telling voters the election is rigged is not a good way to turn your voters … President Trump disrespected American voters, dishonored the electoral system and dishonored the office of the presidency, ”Romney said Wednesday. before being heckled by Trump supporters at the airport.
Trump’s decision to twist the knife further on the GOP came moments before Congress was ready to count the votes of the 50-state Electoral College and DC in the final step of certifying the next President of the States- United.
At least 12 Republican senators have indicated their intention to oppose their state’s votes, which will spark hours of debate, but it is almost guaranteed to have no impact on the election outcome. Vice President Mike Pence then certifies the result in a largely ceremonial act.
While Pence does not have the power to reverse the Electoral College votes, Trump has put extraordinary pressure on him to do just that. Pence’s growing scapegoat effort for his downfall has resonated among far-right Trumpists like Georgian lawyer L. Lin Wood, who has called for Pence to be charged with treason.
“I hope Mike Pence will do the right thing, I hope. If he does the right thing, we win the election, ”Trump said Wednesday. “Mike Pence is going to have to come for us and if he doesn’t it will be a sad day for our country because you have sworn to uphold our Constitution.”
Trump again insisted without merit that Pence has the power to challenge the election result, saying that “one of the best constitutional lawyers in our country” told him his vice president had “an absolute right to do it”.
“All Vice President Pence has to do is send him back to the States for recertification, and we become president, and you are the happiest people,” Trump insisted, claiming he had just spoken to Pence. .
“We will never give up, we will never concede,” Trump insisted.
But, according to The New York Times, Pence has previously informed Trump that such overbreadth is not in his power.
Despite Trump’s relentless crusade, election officials insisted there was no evidence of widespread electoral fraud. Former Attorney General Bill Barr also concluded that there was no wrongdoing that could have changed the election result.
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