Pro-Trump Pollster Quotes Stalin To Persuade Mike Pence To Act Like Him

Written by on December 28, 2020

GOP-leaning pollster Rasmussen Stories cited Soviet dictator Josef Stalin to encourage Vice President Mike Pence to arbitrarily overturn the outcomes of America’s democratic presidential election.

Rasmussen’s four-part Twitter thread on Sunday laid out steps for Pence to steal the election on Jan. 6, when Congress is meant to certify the Electoral Faculty vote naming Joe Biden the U.S. president-elect.

The thread quotes Stalin as saying, “Those that forged the votes determine nothing; those that rely the votes determine the whole lot.” It then implies that U.S. states one way or the other manipulated the election outcomes (there’s completely no proof to assist this) and that there’s “nothing stopping” the vice chairman from “declining to open and rely the certificates from the six disputed states,” referring to sure battleground states that voted for Biden.

It’s unsure if Stalin truly mentioned the phrases Rasmussen attributes to him, based on historians. However being a dictator is unquestionably one thing Stalin knew.

In that vein, Rasmussen asks why Pence ought to rely electoral votes from “contested states” when that the “Presidency might be in his arms.”

By not counting these votes and arbitrarily disenfranchising thousands and thousands of American voters, Pence might hand the vast majority of the remaining electoral votes to Trump, Rasmussen claims, making him the winner of the election.

But authorized specialists say Pence has no energy to really do that, and that Rasmussen’s technique is predicated on a misunderstanding of the regulation. Pence has the best to name on states to submit their electoral votes in the event that they haven’t performed so by late December, based on The Washington Put up, however he doesn’t have the facility to reject any of the votes.

“The vice chairman shouldn’t be supposed to manage the result of the method for counting the electoral votes from the states,” based on each the Structure in addition to the Electoral Rely Act, Ohio State College regulation professor Edward Foley advised The Hill. “The vice chairman chairs the joint session, however doesn’t determine what electoral votes to rely.”

One other Twitter person additionally identified the issues in Rasmussen’s logic, citing the Structure.

North Carolina lawyer T. Greg Doucette, who fields questions concerning the vote on Twitter, tweeted that Pence “opens the envelopes” with the electoral votes, “offers them to the teller, the teller counts.” Electoral votes can solely be struck by a majority of each the Home and the Senate, he famous.

Pence might “theoretically” pause the method by refusing to open the envelopes, however counting would resume when he leaves workplace Jan. 20, based on Doucette.

As for Pence himself, the vice chairman’s aides advised the Put up final week that he’s not searching for any “pointless drama” on Jan. 6.

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