Fox News host Chris Wallace has spoken out to praise Vice President Mike Pence for saying that he would not unilaterally reject electors, despite pressure from President Donald Trump to do so. Wallace went so far as to claim that with this move, Pence chose the Constitution over Trump.
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Trump had been calling on Pence to reject the electors because he believed they had been chosen due to fraud, but the Vice President explained that he lacked authority to so.
“What Donald Trump is saying when he says ‘Do the right thing’ is ‘Do the right thing for Donald Trump,’” Wallace said on Fox News. “Not do the right thing for the Constitution, not do the right thing for the 150 milli-plus Americans who voted in this election, and he is following the Constitution, he is following the Electoral Count Act of 1877. Nowhere in the Constitution or in the 1887 act does it give the vice president that kind of power to unilaterally reject electors from a state.”
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He then shifted to heaping praise on Pence for not catering to Trump’s whims.
“Mike Pence has been an utterly loyal vice president, but when it comes to a direct choice, and that’s what basically Donald Trump was asking him to make, between the Constitution and helping his president, he chose the Constitution,” he said. “I think it is the only choice he could have made. I think it’s the right choice and the courageous choice.”
“And he makes all of these statements about election fraud, Harris, and says, ‘Well, there’s all this evidence.’ You don’t have to listen to me, listen to the federal judges, the state judges, federal judges appointed by Donald Trump,” Wallace continued. “The conservative majority in the Supreme Court, his own attorney general, his own head of cybersecurity at his administration. They have all said there was not the kind of vote fraud in this election that would in any way challenge the results in a single state, let alone overall. The president is making up stories, but the people who have heard the evidence, all of them, have rejected it.”
Wallace has long been one of Trump’s outspoken critics on Fox News, so his views on this will likely come as a surprise to no one.
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This piece was written by James Samson on January 8, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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