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Former Vice President Mike Pence railed against criticism by former President Trump on Friday during a speech to the Federalist Society. Trump has been vocal in his belief that Pence should have refused to certify the 2020 election.
According to NBC News:
Trump had publicly and privately urged Pence to use his constitutionally mandated position overseeing the counting of the Electoral College votes in the Capitol on Jan. 6 to stop Joe Biden’s victory from being officially certified and either reject states’ votes or somehow send them back to be reconsidered. Pence refused, saying he did not believe he had the authority to do so.
The process was interrupted when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a bid to scuttle the certification, including some who were chanting for Pence to be killed.
Trump, meanwhile, continued attacking Pence during the riot, tweeting, “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution.”
Pence said Friday, “There are those in our party who believe that as the presiding officer over the joint session of Congress that I possess unilateral authority to reject Electoral College votes.” He said that belief was wrong.
“I had no right to change the outcome of our election. Kamala Harris will have no right to over turn the election when we beat them in 2024,” Pence said, garnering applause from the crowd.
However, Pence’s former chief of staff, Marc Short, appeared on “Meet the Press” Sunday morning to discuss “significant concerns” with the 2020 election process.