Trump, As His Supporters Storm The US Capitol, Lashes Out At Pence For Refusing To Overturn Election

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Christian Datoc Senior White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at Vice President Mike Pence as his own supporters broke through security and flooded the United States Capitol.

Pence, who was presiding over Congress’ certification of the votes, had announced that he would follow the Constitution and ignore Trump’s orders to overturn the election results. (RELATED: Capitol Hill Locked Down After Trump Supporters Riot, Storm Capitol Complex)

“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify,” Trump tweeted. “USA demands the truth!”

He urged rioters to respect Capitol Police in a followup tweet.

“I do not believe the Founders of our country intended to invest the Vice President with unilateral authority to decide which electoral voters should be counted,” a statement from Pence noted. (RELATED: Biden Overruled Objections To Trump’s 2017 Electoral College Win — Will Pence Do The Same For Biden? His Office Won’t Say)

“It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not,” Pence wrote. “I want to assure the American people that I will keep the oath I made to them and I will keep the oath I made to Almighty God.”

Earlier in the day, Trump had told a crowd of thousands to march to Capitol Hill and demand Pence and Congress overturn the election results.


The president’s repeated claims that Pence can overturn the results are false.

The vice president does not have the power to object to any of the state electors’ votes. Congress alone was granted the ability to contest results by the Electoral Count Act of 1887.

Should a member from both bodies object to a single state’s results, the joint session will break and each Chamber will debate the results separately for two hours before voting on acceptance.

Though many Trump allies have pledged to object on Wednesday — including at least 12 Republican senators and more than 100 Republican representatives — that act too is purely ceremonial. Rejecting a set of results requires a simple majority vote, which New York Times noted is ultimately destined to fail given the Democrats’ strong majority in the House and statements from a growing number of Senate Republicans that they will not object to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.