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- Ex-Trump aide Steve Bannon lashed out at former Vice President Mike Pence on Friday.
- Bannon said Pence carries a “mark of shame” after he said Trump was “wrong” to claim that Pence could’ve overturned the 2020 election results.
- “You are a stone-cold coward,” Bannon said about Pence on his “War Room: Pandemic” podcast.
Steve Bannon reproached former Vice President Mike Pence for saying former President Donald Trump was “wrong” in claiming that Pence could have overturned the 2020 presidential election results.
Pence on Friday said Trump was wrong to claim that the vice president had the power to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“This week, our former president said I had the right to ‘overturn the election.’ President Trump is wrong. I had no right to overturn the election,” Pence said during a speech at the Federalist Society, marking his strongest rebuttal of Trump yet.
“Frankly there is almost no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president,” he added. “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.”
On a Friday episode of his “War Room: Pandemic” podcast, Bannon, a former advisor to Trump, characterized Pence’s language against Trump was a “mark of shame.”
“Pence, you’re going to carry this thing eventually to your grave, OK?” Bannon said. “Because it is a mark of shame. And you are a stone-cold coward. A stone-cold coward.”
Trump, in a sharp rebuke to Pence, falsely claimed that the former vice president did indeed have a choice to avoid certifying the results of the election.
“In other words, I was right and everyone knows it,” Trump said in a statement.
Pence in his capacity as vice president was responsible for presiding over the certification of the Electoral College vote on January 6, 2021. The role, however, is largely ceremonial, Insider’s John Halitwanger reported, as it can be boiled down to simply reading aloud the certificates of electoral votes from each state.
There is no constitutional or legal power that granted Pence — or any vice president — the right to overturn the results of an election. Despite false claims from the former president and his allies, Biden beat Trump in both the Electoral College and in the popular vote.
Biden won 306 electoral votes, while Trump won 232 electoral votes in the Electoral College. In the popular vote, Biden won around 7 million more votes than Trump.