In a speech delivered Friday before the curator Federalist Society of Florida, Mr. Pence referred to Mr. Trump’s intensified efforts this week to advance the false thesis that the US vice president could have done something to prevent Joe Biden from being elected.
” President Trump is wrong: I had no right to annul the election. »
While he has previously defended his actions on Jan. 6, 2021, and said he and Mr. Trump will likely never really agree on what happened that day, his comments on Friday constitute his rebuttal. most energetic to date.
A competition for the presidency
And they come as Mr Pence has laid the groundwork for his eventual bid for the presidency in 2024, which could put him in direct competition with his former boss, who has also hinted at a comeback.
In a statement on Tuesday, Mr. Trump argued that the
January 6 committeetasked with investigating the deadly assault on the Capitol, should instead ask
why Mike Pence didn’t return the votes, for re-certification or re-approval.
And last Sunday he lambasted Mr Pence, falsely stating that
he could have canceled the electionunder the Constitution.
A ceremonial role during the count
The vice presidents play only a ceremonial role during the counting of votes from the Electoral College to Congress. Any attempt to interfere with this process would have represented a profound break with democratic precedents and norms in the United States.
On Friday, Mr. Pence described January 6, 2021 as
a dark day in the history of the Capitol. He was inside the building that day, presiding over the joint session of Congress to certify the presidential election, when a mob of incumbent President Trump’s supporters violently stormed inside the Capitol, assaulting police officers. and stalking the chosen ones in the corridors.
Mike Pence on the gallows!
Mr Pence, who issued a statement earlier that day to clarify that he had no power to overrule American voters, was rushed to safety by security as some rioters chanted
Mike Pence on the gallows!.
The American people should know that we will always uphold our oath to the Constitution, even if it would be politically expedient to do otherwise.he said on Friday.
Mr. Pence also acknowledged the lingering anger within Mr. Trump’s activist base.
The truth is there is more at stake than our party or our political future. Men and women, if we lose faith in the Constitution, we will not only lose the elections: we will lose our country.