Outgoing United States President Donald Trump has asked his vice-President, Mike Pence, not to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election at congress.
“If Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election,” Trump told cheering supporters outside the White House, according to EWN. “He has the absolute right to do it.”
Trump continued to make unfound allegations of voter fraud as he attempts to overturn the outcome of the election. Pence’s role in this as the Vice-President is largely inconsequential in the process and approving the Biden victory at Congress would be a ceremonial act, more than anything. He has no authority to overturn the result of an election.
“Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us, and if he doesn’t, that will be a sad day for our country,” Trump said, putting Pence and the future of his political career in a very awkward position.
The President went on to criticise “weak” members of the Republican Party who have “turned a blind eye” to the fictitious voter fraud allegation, saying that he will support primary challenges against those who don’t fall in line with his narrative.
This latest development puts Pence, who has been one of Trump’s most loyal supporters, into a very difficult position in that he’s aware that his future is likely tied to Trump and that failure to comply will jeopardise his political career, but also that he has absolutely no authority to overturn the result of the election and that certifying a Biden victory is ceremonial.