Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) described to an exasperated Chris Hayes simply how sideways the election certification on January 6 might have gone had then-Vice President Mike Pence not carried out his constitutional obligation that day.
“We obtained very fortunate with Mike Pence,” stated Raskin.
To win a presidential election, the Structure requires that the successful candidate receives a majority of electoral votes – 271 at current. If no candidate notches a majority, the Home of Representatives then votes for president, not individually, however with every state delegation having one vote. On the time of the election certification on January 6, Republicans have been within the majority of 27 state delegations to the Home.
Raskin defined how sticky issues might have gotten if the rioters who stormed the Capitol to attempt to overturn the election had their manner:
All they wished Pence to do was to rebuff the electors coming in from Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, decreasing Biden’s whole to beneath 270, kicking the presidential contest right into a contingent election [in the House]. And there they wished it as a result of we vote not one member, one vote, however one state, one vote. And in the event that they’d been in a position to do this, which might not have been actually that a lot in the event you take a look at the various things Mike Pence did over the prior 4 years for Trump, they’d have received it with 27 states to 22 for the Democrats and one tied. And at that time he most likely would’ve adopted the recommendation of Michael Flynn and imposed martial regulation and a state of siege, and this is able to’ve been the Reichstag second.
Hayes expressed disbelief at such a constitutional disaster.
“If Pence had gotten up there that day and [said], ‘I’m rejecting them,’ there’s no recourse!” exclaimed Hayes. “They might simply steal it! I imply that’s the craziest factor, and I don’t wish to give Michael Pence, who’s, , debased himself in 1,000,000 methods, an excessive amount of credit score right here, however like, that’s what I’m listening to from you and that’s my understanding as properly, which is a form of stomach-dropping realization to return to.”
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