Trump is still wrongly insisting that Pence can change overturn the election result, and called a New York Times report that said otherwise 'fake news'

  • In an early Wednesday morning tweet, President Donald Trump continued to claim that Vice President Mike Pence has the power to overturn the election results.
  • On Wednesday, Pence is to preside over a joint session of Congress where the Electoral College votes will be read out, and Pence will announce Joe Biden as the president-elect.
  • Trump apparently believes that Pence can certify him as the 2020 election winner at the session. In reality, the vice president's role is largely ceremonial.
  • But Trump still insisted in his Wednesday tweet: "If Vice President @Mike_Pence comes through for us, we will win the Presidency," adding that Pence can "send" back Electoral College votes. He cannot.
  • The president also called a New York Times report, which said that Pence had personally told Trump that he could not influence the election outcome, "fake news."
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As Vice President Mike Pence prepares to confirm Joe Biden as the next president of the United States on Wednesday, President Donald Trump continues to insist that his second-in-command can overturn the election results and hand him a victory. 

In an early morning tweet on Wednesday, Trump wrote: "If Vice President @Mike_Pence comes through for us, we will win the Presidency."

"Many States want to decertify the mistake they made in certifying incorrect & even fraudulent numbers in a process NOT approved by their State Legislatures (which it must be)," he continued. "Mike can send it back!"

Trump's allegation that several states are trying to take back their certification of Biden's win is wrong. He appeared to be referring to a false claim, parroted by the right-wing outlet Gateway Pundit, Wisconsin — which Biden won — wanted to decertify itself and give Trump its Electoral College votes. The pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell has also filed a long-shot lawsuit to decertify the election results in Arizona, which Biden also won.

The president has expressed in recent days the belief that Pence can throw out the election results when he presides over a joint session of Congress Wednesday, where he will hear the Electoral College results read out and then confirm Biden as the president-elect. 

Trump wrongly believes that Pence will have the power during this session to throw out the results in several battleground states, where Trump has insisted — without evidence — that there was widespread voter fraud.

In reality, Pence's role is mostly ceremonial. The New York Times compared Pence's role in the ceremony to a presenter at the Academy Awards. He will read out the winner, but has no power to determine which name will be read out.

This role has put Pence in the awkward position of potentially angering Trump in his final days in office, and losing his support if Pence decides to run for president himself in 2024.

On Tuesday, The Times reported that Pence tried to explain to Trump over lunch that he has no real power to change the election results.

Trump later told The Times in a statement that its reporting on the discussion was "fake news."

"He never said that," the statement continued. "The Vice President and I are in total agreement that the Vice President has the power to act."

What is likely to go down on Wednesday is an hourslong process of finalizing the vote results in every state.

A group of Republican congressmen has vowed to challenge the results in several states during the ceremony, and they could force a vote.

But with Democrats in control of the House, the Republicans have no shot at winning these challenges or changing the result of the election.

As of Wednesday, the Democratic Party has also regained control of the Senate, according to DDHQ's projections that Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock won their respective runoffs for Georgia Senate seats.

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