Mike Pence just picked a big fight with Donald Trump.
Everyone is taking sides.
And Mike Pence called Donald Trump one word that provoked a shocking response from Fox News.
During a speech at the Federalist Society, former Vice President Mike Pence delivered his sharpest break with Donald Trump on the events of January 6.
Trump argued that during a January 6 joint session of Congress, Pence could send Electoral College results back to the states due to Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud.
Pence cited the Constitution explaining that all he could do was count the votes and announce the winner.
“There are those in our party who believe that as the presiding officer over the joint session of Congress, that I possess unilateral authority to reject Electoral College votes. And I heard this week that President Trump said I had the right to overturn the election,” Pence stated.
Pence then – without ever mentioning Trump by name – argued that anyone like Trump who argued Pence could have overturned the results of the election was “un-American.”
“But President Trump is wrong. I had no right to overturn the election. The presidency belongs to the American people, and the American people alone. And frankly, there’s no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president,” Pence added.
Liberal critics accuse Fox News of acting like “state TV” where everyone slavishly supports Donald Trump.
But Fox News contributor and The Hill media reporter Joe Concha agreed with Mike Pence.
“Because Mike Pence is in the right,” Concha said in response to a question from host Martha MacCallum. “Mike Pence had no ability to overturn that election on January 6th and Donald Trump, the former president, making that claim at a rally last weekend simply was wrong to say that.
“Mike Pence was as loyal a soldier as anyone to President Trump,” Concha added. “He’s tired of hearing these things said about him by Donald Trump that are not true.”
Mike Pence has previously tried to gently distance himself from Donald Trump about January 6.
In a previous speech Pence stated that he and Trump would never “see eye to eye” about Pence’s role as vice president that day.
Trump’s repeatedly criticized Pence for Pence’s actions that day.
In interviews Trump declined to list Pence as a future leader of the Republican Party.
Polls show that Trump supporters will not support Mike Pence if Pence runs for president in 2024.
Pence’s support comes from establishment Republicans that are more in the Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, John McCain, and George W. Bush mold.
Both Donald Trump and Mike Pence may very well run for president in 2024.
And the GOP presidential primary debates may be dominated by discussion of January 6.
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