Wednesday is beginning to look like a pretty potent day in American politics, and President Trump is very much aware of that fact.
On Wednesday, Congress will convene to certify the results of the electoral college, with a number of Trump-aligned Senators set to object to the results. This has largely been considered a symbolic objection, but there are many within the MAGA wing of the Republican Party who believe that the election itself could be overturned on account of these actions.
President Trump is now unabashedly pressuring Vice President Mike Pence to make it so – even though it’s unclear whether or not that’s even possible.
“I hope that our great Vice President comes through for us,” Trump said during a campaign rally in Georgia for Republicans Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in their runoff election on Tuesday.
Trump referred to Pence’s ceremonial role in the congressional certification of the electoral college vote on January 6th.
“He’s a great guy. Of course, if he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him quite as much,” Trump continued lightly, and added, “No, Mike is a great guy.”
Pence faces the awkward task Wednesday of serving as the presiding officer of a joint session of the House and Senate hearing with very little power to stop the process.
Then, via Twitter:
The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2021
Shortly after this tweet was issued, VP Pence arrived at the White House to meet with President Trump.
Become an insider!
Sign up for our free email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.