Former President Donald Trump was incensed at the clear irregularities that may have cost him the 2020 presidential election. Unfortunately, he had little recourse at the time, including from his then-Vice President Mike Pence.
The previously tight-lipped Pence told conference attendees in Florida that he had “no right to overturn the election,” Breitbart reported. This admission Thursday was the first time Pence has publicly addressed the matter so directly.
“President Trump is wrong. I had no right to overturn the election,” Pence said as the keynote speaker for the Federalist Society’s Florida chapters conference. “The presidency belongs to the American people and the American people alone.”
“Frankly, there is no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president,” the former vice president added. “Under the Constitution, I had no right to change to outcome of our election, and Kamala Harris will have no right to overturn the election when we beat them in 2024,” Pence said to enthusiastic applause.
MIKE PENCE: “President Trump is wrong. I had no right to overturn the election. The presidency belongs to the American people, and the American people alone. And frankly, there is no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president.” pic.twitter.com/7feWD75Fq1
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) February 4, 2022
Trump and his supporters were critical of Pence under the perception that he was not doing his part to push back against Democrats’ efforts to “steal” the election. Whether or not there was evidence of that — or that if pence could have done anything about — the assertion has followed Pence.
The former president continues to be critical of Pence as some in the Republican Party eye him for the 2024 presidential nomination. As recently as Sunday, Trump was still publicly insisting that Pence could have overturned the election had he wanted to.
Speaking about legislation that would change the way election results are certified, Trump contended that “Democrats and RINO Republicans” must believe the vice president has that power or they wouldn’t be trying to limit it. “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,” Trump said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, he didn’t exercise that power, he could have overturned the Election!” Trump insisted. Whether that’s true or not, the perception will likely persist against Pence — and that will be a never-ending political challenge for the former vice president.