House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has remained quiet in the days leading up to the election, likely to limit the amount of negative press regarding the Democrat party as she continues to stonewall on coronavirus relief.
However, Pelosi revealed on Monday that she’s been preparing the House to potentially choose the next president if the election is contested.
Pelosi told NPR on Monday: “We understand what the law is and the preeminence of the role of Congress and specifically the House of Representatives when it comes to counting the votes.”
Both Democrats and the GOP are waiting with bated breath to see just how close Tuesday’s election will be, anticipating that the apparent loser will dispute the results if there isn’t a landslide for either candidate in the electoral college.
If there isn’t a clear electoral vote for either candidate, it’s up to the Democrat-controlled House to decide the next president, and if the battle extends beyond January’s inauguration date, Pelosi herself could become acting president until a decision is made.
“We’re ready. We’re prepared,” Pelosi said, practically salivating at the prospect.”We’ve been ready for a while because we see this irresponsibility of the president, his disrespect for the Constitution, for our democracy and for the integrity of our elections. So we’re ready for him.”
Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden have accused the other of planning to steal the election, and delays in vote-counting stemming from COVID-19 precautions have intensified worries that there won’t be a clear winner by the time the popular and electoral votes are tallied.
Pelosi has made it clear that she believes Biden will end up in the White House come January, declaring during a Monday interview on MSNBC’s The Beat that she’s confident that Democrats “will win the House,” continuing that “it’s very possible we will win the Senate, and on January 20, Joe Biden will be inaugurated president of the United States.”