Donald Trump refers to himself as '45th and 47th president'
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Ex-President Donald Trump revealed he wanted his running-mate Mike Pence to “overturn” the election in a statement published on his website. Trump’s comments come as a group of bipartisan senators attempt to reform the Electoral Count Act of 1887.
The 45th President is thought to have encouraged Pence to use the legislation to refuse Joe Biden’s victory in 2020.
However, Mr Pence concluded he did not have the authority to overturn the election result.
Mr Trump said: “If the Vice President (Mike Pence) had ‘absolutely no right’ to change the Presidential Election results in the Senate, despite fraud and many other irregularities, how come the Democrats and RINO Republicans, like Wacky Susan Collins, are desperately trying to pass legislation that will not allow the Vice President to change the results of the election?
“Actually, what they are saying, is that Mike Pence did have the right to change the outcome, and they now want to take that right away.
“Unfortunately, he didn’t exercise that power, he could have overturned the Election!”
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The statement comes after CNN reported Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and other members of the ex-POTUS’ campaign had overseen efforts to assemble alternative pro-Trump electors.
But it also comes just over a year since Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a bid to disrupt the certification of the 2020 election.
President Joe Biden won the 2020 race by 306 electoral college votes to Mr Trump’s 232, after the ex-Senator flipped Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Despite Mr Trump suggesting the election was rigged, there is no evidence to suggest there was large-scale voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Jen Psaki, Mr Biden’s White House press secretary, has responded to Mr Trump’s comments.
She said: “It’s just a reminder of how unfit he is for office.”
However, she was also referring to the suggestion made by Trump at a rally in Texas that he would pardon some participants at the January 6 Capitol riots if he won the 2024 election.
The 45th President said: “If it requires pardons, we will give them pardons, because they are being treated so unfairly.”
Many Republicans have subsequently slammed their 2016 and 2020 candidate.
The GOP’s Wyoming congresswoman Liz Cheney, who sits on the House select committee which is investigating the January 6 riots, said: “Trump uses language he knows caused the Jan 6 violence; suggests he’d pardon the Jan 6 defendants, some of whom have been charged with seditious conspiracy; threatens prosecutors; and admits he was attempting to overturn the election.
“He’d do it all again if given the chance.”
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Her Republican colleague from Illinois, Adam Kinzinger, added: “This is an admission, and a massively un-American statement.
“It is time for every Republican leader to pick a side… Trump or the Constitution, there is no middle on defending our nation anymore.”
Despite being condemned even by those inside his party, Mr Trump appears to be best placed to take on Mr Biden in the 2024 election.
The most recent YouGov poll put Biden on 42 percent and Trump on 40 percent.
However, given how the electoral college system works, Mr Trump could still do enough to return to the White House by losing the popular vote.
In 2016, when Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, the ex-businessman finished almost three million votes behind the Democratic nominee but won the race to 270 electoral college votes.
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