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Trump Slams a Minor Electoral Reform Law, Claiming That It Demonstrates Pence ‘could Have Reversed the Election.’

In response to an apparent push by former President Donald Trump and his allies to exploit what they saw as an ambiguity in the Electoral Count Act of 1887, a bipartisan group of senators is working on a bill clarifying that the vice president cannot simply set aside slates of presidential electors and effectively overturn a presidential election.

On Sunday evening, Trump released a statement stating that this legislative push demonstrates his commitment to the American people “Mike Pence did have the authority to alter the outcome, and they now want to do it immediately.

Regrettably, he did not use that ability; he could have thrown the election out!” The House committee on January 6 is looking into whether Trump was part in a plot to unseat President Biden, and committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) termed Trump’s new remark “an admission” as well as “a profoundly un-American statement.”

Lawyer George Conway, another notable Trump opponent, summed out the legal issues with Trump’s assertion.

Trump Slams a Minor Electoral Reform Law, Claiming That It Demonstrates Pence 'could Have Reversed the Election.'
Trump Slams a Minor Electoral Reform Law, Claiming That It Demonstrates Pence ‘could Have Reversed the Election.’

“The Twelfth Amendment and the Electoral Count Act of 1887 already make it quite apparent that the vice president does nothing more than open the envelopes,” he said on Twitter.

“However, there are occasions when we wish to make rules even clearer so that even semiliterate psychopaths may grasp them.”

Trump’s argument has difficulties even in terms of raw-power practicality. Trump has only hinted at a second term in 2024 he said Saturday night that if re-elected, he would pardon the Jan. 6 rioters and insurrectionists, for example but his assertion that Pence could have reversed the election implies Vice President Kamala Harris would have the same authority in January 2025.

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Trump’s use of the moniker “Wacky Susan Collins” for the top GOP proponent of amending the Electoral College Act, according to commentator Josh Barro, shows he’s “phoning in the nicknames,” which is a “pretty decent clue Trump isn’t actually going to run again.” Of course, Trump has proven resistant to such smart banter.

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