Trump says Democrat voting legislation proves Pence could have overturned election

Former President Donald Trump said Sunday that Democrat efforts to reform the Electoral Count Act prove that Vice President Mike Pence could have overturned the 2020 election, as Trump wanted him to do at the time.

In a statement put out through Trump’s Save America PAC, he laid out his argument.

“If the Vice President (Mike Pence) had ‘absolutely no right’ to change the Presidential Election results in the Senate, despite fraud and many other irregularities, how come the Democrats and RINO Republicans, like Wacky Susan Collins, are desperately trying to pass legislation that will not allow the Vice President to change the results of the election?” Trump asked.

“Actually, what they are saying, is that Mike Pence did have the right to change the outcome, and they now want to take that right away,” he added.

Pushback

The reforms to the Electoral Count Act are being discussed by a bipartisan group of senators, who want to see any possibility of a vice president overturning an election stopped. It’s not clear the extent of the reforms proposed or whether Republicans and Democrats will be able to agree on what should happen.

Several of Trump’s critics hit back at his statement.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), an anti-Trump Republican serving on the January 6 committee, said Trump’s statement was “massively un-American,” and called on GOP leaders to “pick a side” between Trump or the Constitution.

“There is no middle on defending our nation anymore,” he added in a tweet.

The other Republican on that committee, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), warned that Trump would “do it all again if given the chance.”

Over the top

While it would be nice if Trump didn’t spend so much of his time on “woulda, coulda, shoulda” sentiments about the 2020 election, anti-Trump voice George Conway, who co-founded the disgraced and now-shuttered Lincoln Project, was way over the top in his comments about the statement.

Conway, who is a lawyer, contended that the 12th Amendment and Electoral Count Act “already make it entirely clear that the Vice President merely opens the envelopes.”

“But sometimes we want to make laws even clearer so that even psychopaths have a chance at understanding them,” he tweeted, making Trump look statesmanlike by comparison.

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