Trump Says Pence Will ‘Come Through’ During Congressional Election Certification
President Donald Trump fixated on Congress’ certification of the 2020 presidential election results during a last-ditch rally for the Georgia Republican senators who both faced run-off races on Tuesday.
The Associated Press has already called one of the races — with Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock defeating incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler. The other Democrat, Jon Ossoff, is narrowly leading by 0.4%.
The outcome of the Georgia races is largely attributed to Trump’s false comments about widespread voter fraud and the revelation that he pushed Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State to help him “find” 11,000+ votes for him since it was “not possible” for him to have lost.
Gabriel Sterling, a top Republican official in Georgia Secretary of State’s office, told CNN Tuesday that if either of the GOP incumbents lose, the blame will “fall squarely on the shoulders of President Trump and his actions since November 3.”
His Monday rally appeared largely unbeneficial for either incumbent as well, since he spent his time primarily focusing on Vice President Mike Pence‘s role in certifying the presidential election results.
“I hope Mike Pence comes through for us, I have to tell you,” Trump said. “I hope that our great vice president — our great vice president, comes through for us. He’s a great guy. Of course, if he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him as much.”
Congress will meet to certify the results on Wednesday and several Republican legislators have already announced their intention to block the process. While their actions will likely delay the proceedings, they will ultimately not change the results of Joe Biden’s win, as a growing number of Republicans have publicly accepted his victory as legitimate.
Some of Trump’s allies have insinuated that Pence could have the authority to unilaterally pick which electors to include, but there is no precedent for such an event and Pence has not said he plans to do so.
“Mike is a great guy he’s a wonderful man and a smart man and a man that I like a lot,” Trump said. “But he’s gonna have a lot to say about it, and you know one thing with him, you’re gonna get straight shots — he’s gonna call it straight.”
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