Vice President Mike Pence might have remained somewhat quiet about President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election over the past two months, but that changed this week in a big way when Pence stepped into the fray with a shocking endorsement.
Pence reacted to the news that a growing number of both Republican lawmakers and now GOP senators joining together in an attempt to object to Congress’ Electoral College vote certification in several battleground states, saying he “welcomes the efforts.”
Pence has recently been in the spotlight of both the media and Trump’s die-hard supporters on social media, with both groups curious as to how Pence’s role as the Senate president will affect the outcome of the vote certification on January 6.
Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, explained in a recent statement that “Vice President Pence shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election.”
“The Vice President welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people on January 6th,” he added.
An impressive list of Republican lawmakers had already agreed to join in on the objection efforts, but on Saturday, a cadre of 11 Republican senators — including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz — announced that they were planning on partaking in the objection event unless Congress immediately agrees to a 10-day audit of the 2020 election.
“We intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified,'” the group wrote in a joint statement. “Unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed.”
The announcement came just weeks after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warned GOP senators to stay away from the attempt to object to the state’s electors on January 6. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) was the first sitting senator to agree to join Trump’s efforts.
There could certainly be additional senators and lawmakers who join the cause before or on January 6, but either way, there appears to already be enough to cause some level of fireworks this week.