Opinion: The humiliation of Mike Pence
December 28, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Michael D'Antonio writes that in an effort to position himself for a leadership position in the Republican Party, Vice President Mike Pence is feeding President Donald Trump's baseless election fraud claims, staking his future on the Trump legacy.
One-term President Donald Trump, who lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden by over seven million votes, is reportedly pressuring Pence to take steps to overturn the will of the people.
Fortunately, the US Constitution offers Pence no way to stop the process as he presides over the joint session of the House and Senate next week, a process that Biden presided over four years ago when Trump's victory was certified).
It's worth remembering that Pence was offered the vice president's job, in part, because of his appeal to vast numbers of evangelical voters who would be reassured by his presence alongside the profane, thrice-married Trump.
Having served 12 years in Congress and four as governor of Indiana, Pence surely knows how the electoral process works -- and that he and Trump lost to Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
As he pledged himself to the President's baseless cause and declared there was a battle to be won over election integrity, Pence showed himself to be roughly Trump's equal when it comes to dark fantasies about the country's voting system.
With polls showing the cries of fraud have worked, Pence continued peddling the false narrative, which only proved that he's as willing as Trump to perpetuate a fiction -- at least where it might also serve his political end.