After suffering a series of defeats in the courts, President Donald Trump has now set his hope of remaining in power on January 6, when Congress meets to certify the Electoral College vote that will cement Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. That certification — essentially the final, prerequisite formality in Joe Biden’s home stretch sprint to Inauguration Day — is traditionally overseen by the President of the Senate, Vice-President Mike Pence.
But Trump is so ignorant of the constitutionally prescribed process for presidential elections that he believes Pence has the power to just declare him president again.
According to CNN, Trump was reportedly “baffled” when aides tried to explain why Pence can’t simply hand him an Electoral College victory on January 6. The situation got so dire that Pence was compelled to join in with the president’s advisors in trying to convince Trump that actually, no, he can’t just decide who gets to be the next president, even though he does technically oversee the process.
Trump’s attempts to reverse his electoral loss have been both increasingly brazen, and desperate, and now he’s trying to push Pence into gaming the Electoral College system.
Pence, meanwhile, is apparently savvy enough to see a no-win situation when it presents itself and is reportedly preparing to skip town just hours after the Electoral College Certification process is over.