January 6th is going to be a strange day in our nation’s capital, that’s for sure.
On that date, Vice President Mike Pence will be overseeing the certification of the 2020 election results in Congress, but there will be nothing routine about the procedural maneuver. Several Republican Senators have stated their intent to object to those results, which will lead to a two-hour debate on the floor, but there is no guarantee that the move will be a successful one.
All the while, there is the distinct possibility that a large contingent of Trump’s supporters will be gathered in Washington DC. If things don’t go the President’s way, who knows what sort of chaos could ensue, especially with some GOP lawmakers openly and brazenly calling for violence.
For his part, VP Pence seems willing to entertain the fracas under the dome of the Capitol.
Vice President Mike Pence is supporting the efforts of Republican lawmakers to challenge President-elect Joe Biden’s win by opposing the certification of Electoral College votes.
“Vice President Pence shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election,” Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, said in a statement, The Washington Postreported.
“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.”
Political experts seem to largely believe that the debate stemming from the electoral challenge will not be enough to block the certification of the results of the election.
Furthermore, the Constitution is very clear that if there is any uncertainty about the status of the President-elect on January 20th, that the Speaker of the House would then assume the role of President until the dispute is settled.
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