Former US President Donald Trump responded to former Vice President Mike Pence’s remarks that he did not have the authority to overturn the results of the disputed 2020 presidential election.
Trump said Biden should not have “an automatic conveyor belt for the Old Crow Mitch McConnell to get Biden elected President as quickly as possible,” when there were “obvious signs of voter fraud or irregularities.”
US Senate Minority Leader McConnell will turn 80 on February 20.
“Just saw Mike Pence’s statement on the fact that he had no right to do anything with respect to the Electoral Vote Count, other than being an automatic conveyor belt for the Old Crow Mitch McConnell to get Biden elected President as quickly as possible,” Trump said in a statement through his Save America PAC late Friday night.
“Well, the Vice President’s position is not an automatic conveyor if obvious signs of voter fraud or irregularities exist,” he added.
Trump pointed to the fact that Democrats and some Republicans, whom he called “RINOs,” or “Republicans In Name Only,” are attempting to change the Electoral Count Act as evidence that the election was stolen.
The 1887 election law is being considered to have a number of changes, including increasing the number of lawmakers who must object before Congress can take up a vote on challenging a state's Electoral College slate.
On Friday, Pence criticized Trump for suggesting he had the ability to overturn the outcome of the disputed 2020 election.
"There are those in our party who believe that as the presiding officer over the joint session of Congress, I possessed 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 said.
"President Trump is wrong. I had no right to overturn the election," Pence continued. "The presidency belongs to the American people, and the American people alone. Frankly, there is almost no idea more un-American than the notion that anyone person could choose the American president."
"Under the Constitution, I had no right to change the outcome of our election. And Kamala Harris will have no right to overturn the election when we beat them in 2024," Pence said.
Trump and his allies had raised concerns that widespread fraud marred the election and that it was rigged by the Washington establishment in favor of Democratic candidate Joe Biden, who was certified as the winner in Congress on January 6.
Pence was overseeing the certification proceedings as vice president. He was rushed to safety after some angry protesters called for his execution.
Since then, Trump's supporters have called Pence a “traitor” and targeted him for his role in the Electoral College certification.
Earlier this week, Trump reiterated that Pence should have unilaterally overturned the results of the disputed election.
Trump later also suggested a House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol should investigate why Pence did not reject the election results.