Donald Trump knows he lost, but he’s determined to be the most deranged suckbaby loser about it. All of the stupid lawsuits have faded away. Rudy Giuliani is rage-farting in peace. And it looked like Trump was probably putting all of his last-minute ratf–king hopes onto the tender shoulders of Mother’s Husband. Mike Pence is president of the Senate, and he has to be in the Senate on January 6th to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. There was some kind of Nazi plan afoot to get Pence to refuse to certify and somehow people wouldn’t notice and Trump would just stay on as president. Apparently, Mother’s Husband isn’t playing that game??
Lawyers for Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Arizona’s 11 Republican electors revealed Tuesday that Vice President Mike Pence declined to sign onto their plan to upend Congress’ certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. It’s the first indication that Pence is resisting some of the most extreme calls to reverse the presidential election results, thus relying on his role as the presiding officer on Jan. 6, when Congress meets to finalize Biden’s win.
Gohmert and the Arizona electors sued Pence this week to throw out the procedures that Congress has relied upon since 1889 to count electoral votes. Instead, he said, Pence has the unilateral authority to determine which electors should be voted upon by Congress — raising the prospect that Pence would simply override the choices made by voters in states like Arizona and Pennsylvania that Biden won, to introduce President Donald Trump’s electors instead. But in a motion to expedite proceedings, Gohmert and the electors revealed that their lawyers had reached out to Pence’s counsel in the Office of the Vice President to attempt to reach agreement before going to court.
“In the teleconference, Plaintiffs’ counsel made a meaningful attempt to resolve the underlying legal issues by agreement, including advising the Vice President’s counsel that Plaintiffs intended to seek immediate injunctive relief in the event the parties did not agree,” according to Gohmert’s filing. “Those discussions were not successful in reaching an agreement and this lawsuit was filed.”
On Tuesday evening, U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Kernodle of the Eastern District of Texas agreed to partially grant the request for an expedited schedule, calling for Pence to issue a response to the lawsuit by Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. and for Gohmert to issue a reply to Pence by Jan. 1 at 9 a.m. Kernodle did not agree to hold a hearing though and said none would be scheduled “absent further notice from the Court.” Kernodle also ordered Gohmert and his fellow plaintiffs to immediately send a copy of the order to an attorney for Pence, the Department of Justice, and the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.
Yeah… again, I realize how close we came to Donald Trump stealing the election and declaring himself emperor-king of MAGAmerica. Like, we came CRAZY close to that happening. But I feel like even Mike F–king Pence knows the jig is up, and I also think that Louie Gohmert and his batsh-t cohorts never really had a plan that made any sense. Throughout the past five years or so, I’ve come to realize that the only “both sides” statement I agree with is that both sides need to take some really basic constitutional law and American civics classes. There are too many people on both sides who fundamentally refuse to understand how government works, and there’s this magical thinking that happens, like this situation – Gohmert clearly believes Pence can act like King of the Senate and just suddenly introduce MAGA electors and somehow hijack everything with a wave of a magic wand. That’s not how any of this f–king works.
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