Sometimes the hypocrisy just drips off of members of Congress in a way that makes you want to grab a torch and pitchfork, doesn’t it? Get a load of this. A “bipartisan” group of US Senators has written a pair of bills to amend the Electoral Count Act of 1887.
They don’t like the fact that Mike Pence’s refusal to stop the certification was the only thing that kept Donald Trump out of power after the 2020 election, so they want to rewrite a law that’s 135 years old.
And the irony of this is that one of the bills takes a power away from the office of the vice presidency that Senators claimed the vice president never had anyway. Apparently, they now believe that Mike Pence did in fact have the power to reject electoral votes from swing states that had pervasive fraud.
The Hayes-Tilden presidential race in 1876 was a hot mess. The electoral college votes from four states were unresolved, which resulted in neither presidential candidate having enough votes to be declared the winner. Those four states sent dueling electors from each party. Congress ended up forming a special committee that included 5 Representatives, 5 Senators and 5 Supreme Court Justices to decide the election.
The Electoral Count Act was written and passed so that hot mess would never happen again. The vice president is given discretion under that act to reject slates of electors when fraud is suspected in a state. That’s what January 6th was all about. Under the plan that President Trump’s legal team came up with, Pence was supposed to reject the slates of electors from Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Neither candidate would have had a clear majority of electoral college votes, and those five states would have been forced to hold do-over elections that didn’t have screwed up results. It was a perfectly legal plan, and it would have worked, if Mike Pence wasn’t a sniveling, backstabbing coward who betrayed President Trump and America for a multimillion-dollar payday from George Soros.
Many Senators, including Mitch McConnell, claimed that the vice president had no such power under the Electoral Count Act. Remember that and set that thought aside for a moment.
Mike Pence, you may remember, went out of his way to find a countervailing legal opinion on President Trump’s plan. Pence’s lawyer found a retired judge in Colorado who tweeted a hastily-cobbled-together legal theory that the Electoral Count Act didn’t give the vice president any power to reject electors. This wasn’t any sort of official legal opinion. The retired judge TWEETED his opinion, and Mike Pence used that tweet to justify his cowardice.
That all happened and we’ve covered that ground here extensively in the past.
One of the new bills that the “bipartisan” Senators are pushing would amend the Electoral Count Act, so that the vice president has no authority to reject slates of electors. Hey, wait a second! Didn’t Mitch McConnell and Mike Pence and the entire mainstream media claim that a vice president didn’t have that power? Why are they trying to take that power away from the vice presidency if Mike Pence didn’t have that power in the first place?
The reason is simple, and it’s a reason that we’ve been using a lot since 2016: Donald Trump was right all along.
Trump is furious about these bills, and rightly so. Here’s how he responded:
“So the Democrats, RINOS, and almost ALL others said that Mike Pence, or any V.P., had absolutely no right to do anything but send the ‘Votes’ to the Old Broken Crow, Mitch McConnell, even if they were fraudulent, corrupt, or highly irregular. The V.P. was merely a ‘human conveyor belt’ and could do nothing. BUT NOW, the DEMS & RINOS are working to pass a Bill that stops the V.P. from doing what he was not allowed, according to them, to do. It was all a ‘Big Lie.’ Should have sent back to States!”
Pence wasn’t allowed to reject slates of fraudulent electors. That was the narrative in January of 2020. And to prove it, they’re now hoping to pass a law in 2022 that prohibits all future vice presidents from rejecting slates of electors! Sometimes the hypocrisy is so thick, you could cut it with a knife.