President Trump calls out VP at Georgia rally: ‘I hope Mike Pence comes through for us’ on Jan. 6th
President Trump spoke at an 11th-hour campaign rally in the Georgia Senate race on Monday night and he expressed his faith in his Vice President Mike Pence. He encouraged him to “come through for us” concerning the Electoral College vote in Congress on January 6th.
Trump went after voter fraud in front of a massive cheering crowd who wildly applauded him. He also addressed the Democratic candidates running against GOP incumbent Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
“There is nothing the radical Democrats won’t do to get in power that they so desperately crave, even the outright stealing of elections like they are trying to do with us. We’re not going to let it happen. Over the past…” Trump stated. “…And I hope Mike Pence comes through for us, I have to tell you. I hope that our great vice president, our great vice president comes through for us. He’s a great guy. Of course, if he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him quite as much.”
Trump was referring to Pence’s ceremonial role in the congressional certification of the Electoral College vote on January 6th. The last comment was met with laughter and then the president got serious again.
“No, Mike is a great guy. He is a wonderful man and a smart man. And a man that I like. A lot. But he’s going to have a lot to say about it,” Trump insisted. “You know one thing with him you’re going to get straight shots. He’s going to call it straight.”
Pence, as president of the Senate, is expected to oversee the certification of the Electoral College results showing President-elect Joe Biden’s win before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. Pence allegedly does not have the power to reject the results or otherwise affect the outcome.
At least 10 Republican senators and hundreds of members of the House plan to contest the election, seeking a ten-day delay of the certification vote.
That could extend the hearing to several hours as members of Congress debate the process.
Pence stated at a campaign rally in Georgia on Monday that he was looking forward to the hearing.
“I know we all got our doubts about the last election, and I want to assure you, I share the concerns of millions of Americans about voting irregularities,” Pence said.
The crowd applauded enthusiastically after Pence said, “I promise you, come this Wednesday we’ll have our day in Congress. We’ll hear the objections. We’ll hear the evidence.”
After the House and Senate vote is concluded, the hearing must end and Pence is expected to declare the winner of the election after counting the certified Electoral College votes.
The media is spinning Trump’s words as a thinly veiled threat and a demand for Mike Pence. But most Republicans do not see it that way. They expect Pence to carry out his constitutional duty as Vice President of the United States.
“Hello Georgia. By the way there’s no way we lost Georgia. That was a rigged election. But we’re still fighting it. And you’ll see what’s going to happen. We’ll talk about it,” Trump declared.
At another point in the rally, Trump slammed Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp for refusing to do more to fight voter fraud, saying: “I’m going to be here in a year and a half and I’m going to be campaigning against your governor and your crazy secretary of state, I guarantee you.”