Boy did Mike Pence let down the Don and his cronies.* After all, on January 6th, the day democracy almost died in this country, Mike Pence had a choice to make. He could perform his administrative duty and just read out the electoral certificates submitted to certify that Joe Biden was the next president or he could have said: “Gee, this is kind of confusing. I didn’t expect to get two sets of electoral ballots. I guess I will have to send this back to the states to decide who really won the election.”
Pence could have said that. He did get false Electoral College certificates in seven states won by President Biden: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
If you believed the “Big Lie,” that The Don really won, then fake electors make sense, right? Jenna Ellis, one of the Don’s lawyers, who has been subpoenaed by the January 6th commission for her involvement in promoting false information and promoting the “Big Lie,” wrote a legal memo to Mr. Trump on December 31st advising him that six states (Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) had “electoral delegates in dispute” and that because of this conflict, Mr. Pence should not accept any electors from them, but rather ask state lawmakers which slate they wanted to use. On Jan. 5, 2021, with pressure building on Mr. Pence, Ms. Ellis wrote a second memo reasserting the vice president’s authority to refuse to consider electors from states that would have given Mr. Biden a victory.
Now you know why The Don wanted Pence hung! He could have just said it was just so confusing and couldn’t make a decision. After all, how do you know which electors are real?
Given how determined The Don and his cronies were to reinstate him, I can’t believe they let the “real” Mike Pence control their fate. The reason their coup failed could be chalked up to a lack of imagination. All they needed to do was kidnap Pence and replace him with his doppelganger. They should have been training someone to play Pence to such perfection that no one would have been able to tell he was a confederate, not even his wife, who he creepily refers to as “mother.”
Thankfully, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack issued 14 subpoenas on Friday to people who falsely claimed to be electors for President Donald J. Trump in the 2020 election in states that were actually won by Biden , digging deeper into Mr. Trump’s efforts to overturn the results.
The committee is trying to get to the bottom of this brazen attempt to disavow the results of the election: “We believe the individuals we have subpoenaed today have information about how these so-called alternate electors met and who was behind that scheme.”
Wouldn’t it be cool if these people went to jail? Or maybe they will say they were just following orders and explain to the committee how it all went down in exchange for immunity.
Fake electors were not the only scheme hatched by the Don and his cronies.
The Don was desperate to maintain power and worked another angle. He tried to have ballot machines seized, claiming it was necessary to prove the results were fraudulent. First he asked the DOJ, headed by William Barr, to seize the voting machines .When that didn’t work, he looked into whether the military could do it; when that didn’t work, he tried Homeland Security. Rumor has it that when that didn’t work he asked a random bunch of teenagers if they would do it, and promised the Congressional medal of honor as well as a lifetime pardon for any crime they might ever commit. He suggested they dress up as Dominion machine workers and were taking the machines to update them for the next election. Even they turned down The Don. Here is how the conversation went:
“How would you like to be American heroes?
“Teenager: Sounds good to us.” What do we have to do?”
“Just get some voting machines and bring them to me.”
“Are you serious Mr. President?”
‘That’s illegal. We like you and all but that’s a crime.”
“No worries, I will pardon you.”
“Mr. President, our lunch hour is over and we need to get back to school.”
All the above is so outrageous. When will the Don finally pay the price for all of it?
*(Since the writing of this piece, Pence made a public statement pronouncing that The Don was “wrong” that he (Pence) had the authority to overturn the election. We have yet to hear The Don’s response to this newest betrayal.. Expect to hear that Pence was never anything but a pathetic creature who actually wasn’t the Vice President. And Mike, watch your back!)