Last Updated on December 31, 2020
Jason D. Meister, an Advisory Board Member for President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, published a series of tweets quoting an Epoch Times article about Vice President Mike Pence’s ability to toss the Electoral Votes from contested states with credible accusations of widespread voter fraud. This move would likely lead to a contingent election, which President Trump would handily win.
As National File has previously reported, Pence will soon face a rare Constitutional event as competing slates of electors are provided on January 6. Meister notes that “Pence will be faced with dueling electors for the six disputed swing states, a Biden slate from the governors, and a Trump slate from the lawmakers.”
This would leave President Trump with a thin majority of electoral votes, with 232 to Joe Biden’s 227.
As neither candidate would win the requisite 270 vote majority, a contingent election would be necessary to determine the next President, in accordance with the Constitution.
A contingent election would see the House of Representatives charged with voting for the next President, and the Senate with choosing the next Vice President.
However, in a contingent election, each state represented in the House of Representatives will only have one vote, thus rendering the advantages of high population states like California and New York moot.
The simple majority of states that have elected Republicans to the House of Representatives would likely hand President Trump a speedy victory.
However, as National File has repeatedly noted, this strategy’s potential depends entirely on whether Pence is willing to defend the Constitution, President Trump, and election integrity on January 6.
As noted by The Epoch Times, both The Amistad Project and a series of top state level Republicans and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) have sued Pence to legally define his Constitutional role on January 6.
Pence has thus far remained almost entirely silent on this issue, however, the vice president recently cancelled his planned trip to Israel, scheduled for immediately after the January 6 electoral college challenge.