I wasn’t going to post another message before January 6th, the day electoral votes are counted during a joint session of Congress. I was content to stand on my previous assessment, but recent statements made by Vice-President Pence have made me think that perhaps a different plan may be in the works.
The President has invited his supporters to come to Washington DC on the 6th. It’s hard for me to imagine him wanting his base to witness the most humiliating defeat of his career. The invitation for his supporters to come to Washington suggests that he has some plan in place to pull out a victory. Based on the assumption he has such a plan, here is my current thinking.
At present, about a dozen GOP Senators have said they plan to challenge the votes of some electors on January 6th. The majority of Republican Senators claim they haven’t seen evidence of fraud so objections to electoral votes are not warranted.
Senior Trump campaign advisor Jason Miller said the campaign intends to present specific evidence of election fraud at the joint session of Congress. At a rally in Georgia today, Mike Pence confirmed that evidence of election fraud will be presented to Congress.
In a tweet this morning, Matt Braynard said his evidence has been submitted to Congress for consideration.
– VIP findings have been submitted as part of the package for consideration by the US Congress and Senate.
— Matt Braynard (@MattBraynard) January 4, 2021
It’s clear that the President’s plan is to present evidence of election fraud to Congress and ask them to act on it. Once they’re confronted with evidence (knowing that the world is watching), will GOP Senators change their minds?
The optics of VP Pence rejecting electors prior to allowing objections (as I proposed in my previous post) are horrible. Trump would forever be accused of forcing his Vice-President to steal the election. Rather than having Pence reject electoral votes at the outset of the joint session, what if the plan is to force GOP Senators to admit that fraud happened and compel them to oppose the votes of electors? That approach would take the responsibility off Pence and put it on the Senate.
I realize that this scenario assumes that unreliable people will do the right thing, but when evidence of election fraud was presented to the Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee last week, it compelled the committee (Democrats and Republicans alike) to unanimously vote in favor of an audit of Fulton County’s absentee ballots.
In a country with a free press, you would know:
1. The Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee issued a report demonstrating the vote was stolen from @realDonaldTrump.
2. The vote was unanimous and BIPARTISAN to audit Fulton County’s Absentee ballots.
3. And to de-certify Biden.
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 31, 2020
This scenario does not take into account the actions of the Democrat-controlled House, but depending on how you interpret the Electoral Count Act, it would be possible to reject the votes of electors with the agreement of only one chamber of Congress. Mike Pence would be the one to make that determination.
Politicians tend to look out for themselves. There is a selfish reason why GOP Senators might reject electoral votes. If they did, they could take credit for exposing election fraud and act like they heroically saved Trump.
It’s worth noting that the President is currently trying to get Republican Senators to object to electoral votes. This seems to be another hint at the plan for the 6th.
The “Surrender Caucus” within the Republican Party will go down in infamy as weak and ineffective “guardians” of our Nation, who were willing to accept the certification of fraudulent presidential numbers!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2021
This theory seems more in line with statements Pence and the President have made recently. I’m not making a prediction about what will happen on the 6th. I’m only providing possible scenarios based on my analysis of the law, historical precedent, and statements made by those involved in the process.
As always, please keep the President and his staff in prayer.