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Trump Challenges Pence’s Manhood Over Election Certification

Vice President Mike Pence has spent countless hours staring almost lovingly at the back of Donald Trump’s sculpted hairdo, vigorously supporting his policies and robustly thanking the president for his “leadership.” Today, when Pence picks up the gavel to preside over the ceremony certifying the Electoral College vote that made Joe Biden the 46th president, Pence is likely to get what all Trump supporters get when they cross the boss: a shiv.

Beginning at Monday’s Georgia Senate runoff campaign rally Trump began ramping up a public campaign to pressure Pence into doing something he does not have the Constitutional or legal authority to do, change the electoral vote count. “I hope Mike Pence comes through for us, I have to tell you,” Trump told a crowd Dalton, Ga. “I hope that our great vice president — our great vice president — comes through for us. He’s a great guy. If he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him quite as much.”

Then on Tuesday, shortly before the two had what probably will end up being the last of their weekly lunches, Trump falsely tweeted “The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chose electors.” He does not.

The New York Times reports that during their lunch Pence told Trump that a vice president cannot do what Trump is demanding. Pence and his aides reportedly have studied the issue for hours, consulting extensively with the Senate parliamentarian and have concluded that his role in the certification is to be much like the celebrity who opens the envelope at the Oscars – announce the winner and leave the stage.

Trump claims that conversation never happened but very early Wednesday morning made it clear to Pence that he still expects his vice president to deliver for him, tweeting: “If Vice President Mike Pence comes through for us, we will win the Presidency … Mike can send it back!”

Trump’s futile campaign continues to this hour as he tweeted, “Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage!”

One has to wonder what’s going through Pence’s mind Wednesday morning as he prepares to leave his Naval Observatory residence to make that dreaded drive to the U.S. Capitol



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