President Donald Trump arrives in the early morning hours at the White House in Washington, after returning from a rally in Dalton, Ga. | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo
President Donald Trump applied new pressure on Vice President Mike Pence to interfere with the Congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory on Wednesday — despite Pence’s inability to alter the election’s outcome and the overall futility of the effort by some Republican lawmakers.
“States want to correct their votes, which they now know were based on irregularities and fraud, plus corrupt process never received legislative approval,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning. “All Mike Pence has to do is send them back to the States, AND WE WIN. Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage!”
In a subsequent, all-caps message, the president appeared to reference the two Georgia Senate runoff elections that took place on Tuesday — one of which resulted in Democrat Raphael Warnock defeating incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, nearly flipping the balance of power in a chamber Republicans have controlled since 2014.
Democrat Jon Ossoff led Republican David Perdue in the state’s other Senate race by more than 16,000 ballots as of Wednesday morning, with about 98 percent of the expected vote already tallied. Ossoff claimed victory in a video message on Wednesday morning, and if he also prevails, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be able to cast tie-breaking votes in the Democrats’ favor.
“THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, OUR COUNTRY, NEEDS THE PRESIDENCY MORE THAN EVER BEFORE – THE POWER OF THE VETO,” Trump tweeted. “STAY STRONG!”
The president’s social media posts came just hours before Pence is set to preside over the afternoon joint session of Congress, during which he will be required by the Constitution to count the electoral votes certified by the states.
And although numerous House Republicans and roughly a dozen senators plan to challenge the results, Pence told Trump at a lunch on Tuesday that he will simply follow procedures allowing GOP objections and possibly make a statement related to election fraud.
Trump most recently urged Pence to attempt to subvert the election results in a tweet on Tuesday night, writing that if the vice president “comes through for us, we will win the Presidency.”
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