Mike Pence told Trump that he can’t do much to block today’s election certification

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For weeks now, Donald Trump has been trying to not-so-subtly work over Mike Pence. I feel like Trump only really started in on Pence when Trump exhausted all of his delusional Kraken lawsuits, almost all of which were unceremoniously thrown out of court. So it fell to Pence, in Trump’s mind, to “save” him and be the one to do the coup. In Trump’s peabrain, he’s convinced himself that Pence will be able to ride into the Senate today, toss out the electors and somehow install MAGA dumbasses as electors and they’ll magically declare Trump the winner of the election. The same election Trump lost by millions of votes. These are just two insane tweets in the past 24 hours:

That’s literally not how any of this works. And, just a sidenote, Trump spent all night retweeting Tonka Lipshitz about Georgia, so it’s not like he’s *only* focused on trying to bully his VP into doing some light treason and fascism. Trump has a lot of balls in the air and his hands are very small, so he’s not going to catch any of them. Interestingly enough, even though Pence is an idiot, he’s not THAT much of an idiot, right? Well, sort of:

Vice President Mike Pence told President Trump on Tuesday that he did not believe he had the power to block congressional certification of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in the presidential election despite Mr. Trump’s baseless insistence that he did, people briefed on the conversation said. Mr. Pence’s message, delivered during his weekly lunch with the president, came hours after Mr. Trump further turned up the public pressure on the vice president to do his bidding when Congress convenes Wednesday in a joint session to ratify Mr. Biden’s Electoral College win.

“The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning, an inaccurate assertion that mischaracterized Mr. Pence’s largely formal and constitutionally prescribed role of presiding over the House and Senate as they receive and certify the electoral votes conveyed by the states and announcing the outcome. Mr. Pence does not have the unilateral power to alter the results sent by the states to Congress.

More Republican senators came out on Tuesday against attempts to undermine the results, including Tim Scott of South Carolina and James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma, who said he viewed challenging any state’s certification as “a violation of my oath of office.”

In a process that is likely to go on for many hours, Mr. Pence will preside on Wednesday over a roll call of the states. If at least one senator and one House member object to the results from a state, they can force a debate of up to two hours about those results. Each chamber will then vote separately on whether to certify that state’s results.

For results to be overturned, both the House and the Senate would have to agree to do so. Because the House is controlled by the Democrats, there is no realistic possibility of any state’s outcome being rejected. In addition, many if not most Senate Republicans appear likely to join all Democrats in rejecting challenges to the results.

The House and Senate are expected to debate objections to the results in at least three states — Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania, all of which went to Mr. Biden — but ultimately to certify Mr. Biden’s 306-to-232 Electoral College victory.

[From The NY Times]

So that’s what’s happening today. This is what cable news will be focused on, alongside the Georgia results still coming in and discussion of what will likely be a 50-50 Senate, with VP Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote. This going to be a total clown show, but I’m glad (at least) that Mike Pence isn’t going to ride into the Senate on a pony and try to toss out Democratic senators or whatever.

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  1. HeatherC says:

    Line of the day: “Trump has a lot balls in the air and his hands are very small so he’s not going to catch any of them.” That brightened my day, thank you!

    • (The OG) Jan90067 says:

      OMG that is GOLD!!! Where’d you hear that??? It’d make a GLORIOUS meme! 😄

      Boy, I’d like to be the fly on Pence’s Q-Tip top today, when he goes in that room!

    • Levans says:

      Yes @HeatherC! I died at that line! All those balls and he’ll still lose

    • AnnaKist says:

      It’s gold, hey! I was going to mention that, and suggest someone tweet that to him. I would, but my account got suspended a week after joining Twitter. No idea why. I wasn’t abusive or rude, and only tweeted to three people – two friends and an interesting guy in California, swapping doggy photos and stories, photos of our unique fauna and close call with a black swan who flew aggressively at our little adopted Girlie puppy. I can’t get back into my account.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        I’ll tweet it out. I could use a break from Twitter LOL.

        ETA: It’s tweeted I @ed @realDonaldT…..p and added hashtags #StaceyAbramsDELIVERS and #ThankYouGeorgians.

        I hope he sharts himself all day over the thought of it!

    • Gina says:

      Completely agree! Pure poetry LOL

    • Seraphina says:

      As I read: Trump has a lot of balls….. and when I finished the sentence I said: well played Kaiser, I really thought it was going in a different direction. hahahhaha

    • fluffy says:

      The reason his balls are in the air is because he is constantly bending over to kiss his own ass. Now there’s a visual…ewwwww.

      • Scarlett says:

        Fluffy, where do I send you my invoice for bleach?

        That visual….oh ew, all the ew…you owe me $$ for bleach lol.

  2. manda says:

    I know this has been said a million times, but I just can’t believe that so many people sign off on this. I can’t believe so many people are fine with this spoiled sport sore loser behavior! I am 43, and when I was a kid, everyone (kids and adults alike!) would totally rag on you if you were a crybaby loser. My goodness, these people need to grow up. It’s just so shameful. I am ashamed to say this is my country

    • Julie says:

      It’s a combination of people who behave in the same way or wish they could behave in the same way but can’t because of the consequences. Call me a misanthrope but people are not “generally good”. Half the world is generally good, the other half is absolutely ruthless or would be if they could get away with it. The psychological profiling around who ends up Dem and who ends up Republican is accepted social science now. Dems prioritize group cooperative strategies, “helping you helps us all”. Republicans employs individualistic competitive strategies, “help yourself at all costs”.

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      For his entire ‘presidency,’ he has exhibited the exact opposite of the behavior and character I was taught as a child and how I taught my children. And anytime I’ve mentioned that throughout his years, I get, ‘Doesn’t matter. I don’t need him to be cordial, I need him to raise my cost of living.’ 😱

      Since when does being an ignorant f@ck and a unilateral global bully equate to better deals and a safer cuntry?

      • Brandy Alexander says:

        I could actually deal with him not be cordial if he did help the American people. But he doesn’t help anyone but himself. So, no to the attitude and no to the policies for me,

  3. Izzy says:

    Pence is reading the room now and he realizes that if he wants to run in 2024 (and I think he REALLY does), he can’t try to overthrow the election results now.

    358,000 dead Americans on his water might have a bigger impact on his campaign hopes though. That’s going to hang around his hypocritical, bible-thumping neck like an albatross.

    • Julie says:

      And quite by intention Trump has robbed him of the one thing he was counting on for 2024 – an opportunity to inherit Trumplandia. Those crazies genuinely believe Trump that Pence does have the power to change things. They’ll label him a traitor or a coward or probably both because Trumpers love to throw it all at the wall.

      Also, if Trump is alive in 2024, he’ll be in the Primaries. If he’s in hell, his dumbass son will run. So there’s that.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think its interesting because I think Cruz is also definitely going to run again in 2024, and I think that’s why he’s doing this – so he can use it against Pence – “I tried to fight for you, but Pence just rolled over!” I think some Republicans think they can semi “reclaim” their party in 2024, but I think its long gone. (“reclaim” not meaning they will go back to being even semi normal, but meaning they’ll at least use legal means to retain power.)

      • vertes says:

        I hope that with so many Californians leaving for Texas with big employers like Oracle, Hewlett Packard and (?) Visa that the Cruz-ites will diminish in strength. Tesla is moving there too but they’ll probably hire locally for the assembly lines.

        Ted is a nasty excuse for a human & doesn’t deserve to be in any office above sanitation engineer.

      • Becks1 says:

        @vertes – I do think we are starting to see Texas swing purple, and I think that’s going to be a big problem for the Rs. Georgia is now officially a battleground state, so they are having to spend money there to win, and they still need to fight for Michigan and Pennsylvania, which are uphill battles for them, and if they have to fight for Texas too, which is where they get the majority of their votes? They’re in trouble and they know it.

  4. AnnaKist says:

    Look at how the massive twunt takes a dwink from a big boy’s glass. 😂 Two more weeks. I wonder what mad, desperate schemes he can cram into the next 14 days.

  5. Lillyfromlilooet says:

    His tweets read like textbook treason, a dictator laying out his plans in plain view.

  6. equality says:

    So the Republicans who cried about how much money and time were wasted trying to impeach Trump are now going to waste money and time on this nonsense?

  7. Seraphina says:

    I am just here to say, I LOVE that pic of LDTrump sipping water. GOLD!

  8. MaryContrary says:

    Play with snakes and see what happens. Besides having a flexible moral code, Pence shows how spectacularly dumb he is about politics and human nature. Trump has never had any loyalty to anyone-it all runs the other way. I love that Pence is being tormented by all of this.

  9. Leah says:

    Pence can’t send anything back.

    This is ceremonial, he opens the envelopes and counts the electoral votes. If he can’t do it, someone else can.

  10. Coco says:

    One of Lahren’s tweets is ‘I wonder when the water main is gonna burst in Georgia.’ Is she so dumb that she thinks each state only has one water main?

  11. MsIam says:

    Setting up Pence to take the fall. I read somewhere that Trump knows he lost and it’s a big waste of time but he’s desperate to not look like a loser. Hence, the “ it was stolen from me” or “ Pence dropped the ball” . How anyone can support or even respect this dipsh*t is beyond me.

  12. CrazyHeCallsMe says:

    Is anyone else watching the mayhem that’s going on in D.C. especially at the Capitol building? if this had been BLM or any other protesters, this nonsense would not have been allowed to go on.

    • Dem Papers says:

      DH said the exact same thing while we were watching CNN. Stay safe people in DC, this too shall pass.

  13. Thirtynine says:

    Reading this at 1pm in Australia, if only it had been ‘a total clown show’. Horrifying what has emerged.