Trump Is Wrong’: Former VP Pence Stands Up to His Old Boss About Efforts to Overturn 2020 Election Results

In this 2020 file photo, Vice President Mike Pence presides over a joint session of Congress as it convenes to count the Electoral College votes cast in November's election, at the Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 6, 2021. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., stands at right. Pence did not bend to President Donald Trump’s extraordinary pressure to intervene and certified the election results. (Image via Saul Loeb/Pool via AP, File)

By Sarah Ovaska

February 7, 2022

The former vice president spoke out against Trump and other conservatives falsely describing the 2020 election results as fraudulent.

Former Republican Vice President Mike Pence stood up to his old boss last week, saying it was “un-American” for any one person to reject the will of voters.

“President Trump is wrong,” Pence said during a Friday speech in Florida, in his strongest rebuke yet of Trump. “I had no right to overturn the election. The presidency belongs to the American people and the American people alone.”

Pence was referencing the former president’s false claims of widespread voter fraud in an unsuccessful attempt to remain in power after a majority of the American people voted to elect President Joe Biden.

Trump recently said that Pence, in his position as vice-president, could have stopped the scheduled certification of presidential election results on Jan. 6.

That was the same day Trump supporters, buoyed by the former president, used a planned rally to storm the US Capitol, forcing Pence and Congressional members to flee the violent mob.  Five people died as a result of the insurrection.  

“Under the Constitution, I had no right to change the outcome of our election,” Pence said in his comments last week. His statement followed  the Republican National Committee’s attempt to repaint the violent uprising as “legitimate political discourse.”

A Congressional panel is also looking into the Trump administration’s plan to use the military to seize voting machines in battleground states.

You can listen to Pence’s comments here.


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