GOP-leaning pollster Rasmussen Reports cited Soviet dictator Josef Stalin to encourage Vice President Mike Pence to arbitrarily overturn the outcomes of America’s democratic presidential election.
Rasmussen’s four-part Twitter thread on Sunday laid out steps for Pence to steal the election on Jan. 6, when Congress is meant to certify the Electoral College vote naming Joe Biden the U.S. president-elect.
The thread quotes Stalin as saying, “Those who cast the votes decide nothing; those who count the votes decide everything.” It then implies that U.S. states one way or the other manipulated the election outcomes (there’s completely no proof to help this) and that there’s “nothing stopping” the vice chairman from “declining to open and count the certificates from the six disputed states,” referring to sure battleground states that voted for Biden.
It’s uncertain if Stalin really stated the phrases Rasmussen attributes to him, in accordance with historians. But being a dictator is unquestionably one thing Stalin knew.
In that vein, Rasmussen asks why Pence ought to rely electoral votes from “contested states” when that the “Presidency will be in his hands.”
By not counting these votes and arbitrarily disenfranchising thousands and thousands of American voters, Pence may hand nearly all of the remaining electoral votes to Trump, Rasmussen claims, making him the winner of the election.
Yet authorized specialists say Pence has no power to truly do that, and that Rasmussen’s technique relies on a misunderstanding of the regulation. Pence has the precise to name on states to submit their electoral votes in the event that they haven’t finished so by late December, in accordance with The Washington Post, however he doesn’t have the facility to reject any of the votes.
“The vice president is not supposed to control the outcome of the process for counting the electoral votes from the states,” in accordance with each the Constitution in addition to the Electoral Count Act, Ohio State University regulation professor Edward Foley advised The Hill. “The vice president chairs the joint session, but does not decide what electoral votes to count.”
Another Twitter person additionally identified the failings in Rasmussen’s logic, citing the Constitution.
North Carolina lawyer T. Greg Doucette, who fields questions in regards to the vote on Twitter, tweeted that Pence “opens the envelopes” with the electoral votes, “gives them to the teller, the teller counts.” Electoral votes can solely be struck by a majority of each the House and the Senate, he famous.
Pence may “theoretically” pause the method by refusing to open the envelopes, however counting would resume when he leaves workplace Jan. 20, in accordance with Doucette.
As for Pence himself, the vice chairman’s aides advised the Post final week that he’s not in search of any “unnecessary drama” on Jan. 6.
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