fbpx

Rasmussen Quotes Joseph Stalin to Rationalize GOP Election Coup

If there were any lingering morsels of doubt that a significant portion of the Republican Party – along with President Donald Trump – have a soft spot for Cold War-era Russia, they were eliminated on Monday.

Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images

On Monday morning, Rasmussen, a conservative-leaning political pollster, invoked a quote from Soviet Dictator Joseph Stalin to fortify a right-wing stratagem that encourages Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to open and count Electoral College elector votes from six states that President-Elect Joe Biden won, to which some congressional Republicans plan on mounting challenges.

“Come January 6th: (‘Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.’ – Stalin) “Come January 6, 2021, Vice President Mike Pence will be presented with the sealed certificates containing the ballots of the presidential electors,” Rasmussen wrote on Twitter.

“At that moment, the Presidency will be in his hands. And there is nothing stopping Pence, under the (plenary and unappealable) authority vested in him as President of the Senate, from declining to open and count the certificates from the six disputed states,” Rasmussen said.

Numerous reliable media outlets such as Forbes, The Washington Post, Law&Crime, and Canadia’s CTV News have extensively pointed out that Pence cannot actually do anything to prevent Biden from being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States at noon on January 20, 2021.

CTV News noted earlier this month:

Pence will announce the roll call for each of the states so their ballots can be counted, ask if there are any objections against a certain state’s votes being tallied, and if there are, announce if the objection has been sustained. He will also be the one to declare a winner if one candidate receives the majority of the Electoral College votes.

When it comes to his ‘deciding vote,’ as the text on social media states, it only pertains to the debate in the Senate, in which the Republicans already hold the majority and it would not affect the separate vote in the House where the Democrats hold sway.

Nevertheless, Rasmussen continued.

“If they are (as more than 70% of Republicans believe) certificates from non-electors appointed via voter fraud, why should he open & count them? If the votes of all 7 contested states are registered as zero, President Trump will have 232 votes, Joe Biden will have 222,” Rasmussen claimed. “Per the 12th Amendment: “[T]he votes shall then be counted[.] … The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President[.]”

“PS: Thomas Jefferson … among the most revered founding fathers of our country, only became President because he used his unilateral power as President of the Senate to open and count the presidential ballots in his own favor,” Rasmussen added.

 

Rasmussen conveniently omits the fact that Jefferson, a virulent racist who owned and exploited human beings as property, was elected president exclusively by wealthy white male landowners, who at the time comprised the young Electoral College. Furthermore, in 1800, the United States Constitution did not grant every citizen the right to vote.

Unsurprisingly, Trump signaled his support for Rasmussen’s proposed usurpation of American democracy.

Last Wednesday, the soon-to-be former president retweeted a post by self-proclaimed “constitutional lawyer” Ivan Railkin, who suggested that Pence has the authority to defenestrate Biden’s win, based on a fictitious Republican contention that Biden’s electors were illegitimately chosen by the American people.

“America, @VP @Mike_Pence MUST do this, tomorrow!,” wrote Raiklin. “To defend our Constitution from our enemies: Foreign: China, Russia, Iran & Domestic: BigTech Censorship, MSM Censorship, Corrupt Officials at the Federal, State, and Local levels! Let him know!”



Follow Us On: Facebook and Twitter