Pence is being put in a precarious position politically as he’s supposed to preside over Wednesday’s Congressional session that will eventually confirm the election victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
Pence, who long has had 2024 ambitions, has aides working out a way he can uphold his Constitutional duty, while not alienating Trump and his supporters.
A group allied with Vice President Mike Pence spent $25,000 on ads to run on Fox News Channel in the Mar-a-Lago market to convince President Donald Trump over winter break that his vice president remains loyal
Trump (left) has become increasingly reliant on Pence because Pence will president over Wednesday’s Congressional session in which lawmakers will ratify the Electoral College results
The Club for Growth ran an ad in the Palm Beach market that countered a Lincoln Project spot that suggested Pence was ‘backing away from [Trump’s] trainwreck.’ The Club for Growth ad called the Lincoln Project ‘Never-Trump’ and ‘Never-Truth’
The Club for Growth ad said the Lincoln Project had run a ‘fake ad attacking Pence’ and argued that Pence has ‘never stopped fighting for President Trump and he’s not about to stop now’
Pence’s hands will be tied and he will have to announce that Biden won the presidential election once the January 6 Congressional session wraps up. Aides are trying to determine if he can do that and read a statement to appease Trump and his base
Bloomberg reported Monday that Pence might deliver a statement acknowledging Trump’s baseless claims of widespread election fraud – while announcing Biden the victor.
The news site also reported that the Club for Growth had bought ads that ran on Fox during Trump’s winter vacation in Palm Beach, Florida, that tried to give Pence a boost in the eyes of the president.
The spot, called ‘Never,’ blasted the Lincoln Project for running an ad that suggested Pence was ‘backing away from [Trump’s] trainwreck.’
‘When Mike Pence is running away from you, you know it’s over,’ the Lincoln Project’s ad said.
The Club for Growth ad said the Lincoln Project was ‘never Trump’ and ‘never truth,’ and blasted the Pence ad for being ‘fake,’ calling the vice president ‘Trump’s trusted partner for the last four years.’
‘He’s never stopped fighting for President Trump and he’s not about to stop now, the ad continues. ‘That’s why these Lincoln Project frauds are attacking the vice president.’
‘Dishonest, Never Trumpers lying to you because Mike Pence stays true,’ the ad says. ‘Always has, always will.’
The Club for Growth is run by former Indiana Rep. David McIntosh, who’s a close friend of Pence.
Pence was Indiana’s governor and a lawmaker for the state before becoming vice president.
McIntosh told Bloomberg the reason why Club for Growth ran the ad was so Trump understood Pence ‘remained a good friend.’
Trump has become increasingly reliant on Pence’s role in Wednesday’s Congressional session to hold onto power.
However, the Constitution doesn’t give Pence, in his role as president of the Senate, much more power than to ‘open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted.’
Last week, Rep. Louie Gohmert and ‘alternate’ electors from Arizona and later Michigan tried to change that by suing Pence in federal court with the aim of expanding his powers to that he could choose to count the votes of pro-Trump electors over actual Electoral College electors during the session.
A federal appeals judge threw out the case on Saturday.
The New York Times reported Friday that Trump had called Pence to tell him that he was surprised that the Department of Justice got involved on behalf of the vice president in the case.
The DOJ advised a federal judge to toss the case out.
The Times’ Maggie Haberman reported that Trump had expressed even more displeasure to other aides.
There is a process for contesting Electoral College votes, but Congress has never thrown any out.
As the state tallies are read if a member of the House and the Senate signs on to an objection, House members and senators go back to their respective chambers, debate for two hours and then vote.
A simple majority is needed to overrule an objection. And with a House Democratic majority no objections will be successful.
But still at least 12 Republican senators and more than 100 GOP House members say they will object to the vote counts in certain states, claiming concerns about widespread voter fraud – which Trump has alleged, but provided no concrete evidence.
With Republicans ready to object the usually ceremonial procedure could stretch out for hours, even days.
And Pence will have to preside through it all – and, in the end, announce Biden the election winner.