More than a year after President Joe Biden's inauguration, former President Donald Trump continues to make unhinged statements falsely claiming that the 2020 election was "stolen" from him through Democrats engaging in widespread election fraud.
Between the election in November and the inauguration in January, Trump and his allies unleashed a multifaceted effort to subvert the election results and install him for another term. After all states certified their electoral votes and demands to toss electoral votes of swing states Trump lost repeatedly failed in court, their final effort revolved around the January 6 joint congressional session certifying Biden's victory. As President of the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence was to oversee the proceedings.
In the weeks before, Republican party members in multiple swing states Trump lost baselessly declared themselves electors and forged electoral certificates declaring victory for Trump, sending the certificates to the National Archives. Though these electoral certificates had no validity whatsoever, Trump publicly pressured Pence to declare there were two dueling slates of electors and therefore none of the states' electoral votes would be counted, citing the Electoral Count Act of 1887. There's growing evidence that the Trump campaign itself orchestrated the forgery of these certificates.
Fortunately, Pence reached the same conclusion as the vast majority of legal scholars: that the Vice President has no constitutional right to unilaterally throw out electoral votes of his own election. Now, calls have grown in Congress to reform the Electoral Count Act and remove any room for debate that a Vice President can singularly decide a presidential election.
In a statement shared by his spokeswoman, Trump claimed efforts to reform the Electoral Count Act were proof that the Vice President can do just that.
Saying the quiet part out loud, Trump wrote:
"Actually, what they are saying, is that Mike Pence did have the right to change the outcome, and they now want to take that right away. Unfortunately, he didn’t exercise that power, he could have overturned the Election!”
Trump openly admitting that he wanted Pence to overturn the election generated backlash on social media.
Others cleared up Trump's confusion on the efforts to reform the Electoral Count Act.
The former President is considered the favorite to win the Republican party's nomination in 2024.