John is a mid-Atlantic writer and avid student of history. His current passions are frontier and Civil War history, genealogy and politics.
On November 3, 2021, Donald Trump lost his bid to become the 46th President of the United States to Joe Biden. The votes were counted and certified by state election processes as valid and certified. It was not even close. Biden won by 7.06 million votes in the total count and by 74 electoral votes.
Trump lost the election. But he refused to accept defeat.
Then Trump and his enablers created a fantasy world where his false claims that the election was rigged and that he was the winner spread among many of his supporters. He created what became known as the BIG LIE. He claimed fraud without evidence. His false claim was spread by those who either believed his fantasy or were afraid to admit he was wrong for fear of his wrath and retribution.
January 6, 2021 will be remembered forever as the day America almost lost its democracy. The peaceful transition to a fairly elected new president almost did not happen. America very nearly was thrown into a constitutional crisis.
Encouraged and incited by former President Trump and others, a mob of his supporters, white supremacists, neo-nazis, and anti-semites overran the Capitol Police and forced their way into the House Chamber of and offices at the very time that Congress was in session doing its constitutional duty to tally and record the lawfully certified votes of each state.
Pence was strongly pressured by Trump to not accept the certified vote count in several states. In addition, recent news reports reveal that the Trump campaign encouraged and coordinated the preparation and submission of fake documents signed by fake electors from several states that Joe Biden had won, to claim that Trump won when he did not.
A detailed timeline of events that occurred on January 6 shows that somewhere between 12 PM and 1 PM Vice President Mike Pence released a letter to his Congressional colleagues informing them that his role in the certification of the electoral votes is "largely ceremonial," essentially saying he will not do what Trump told him to do.
Pence carefully presided over the tally, giving the objectors time to state their objection, and then tallied the vote of the certified electors. While it seems remarkable that credit should be given to someone who followed the law, Pence did follow the law and avoid a constitutional crisis.
My oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not,"
— Vice President Mike Pence, Letter to his Congressional colleagues, 6 Jan 2021
The insurrection interrupted the tally and members of Congress had to flee for their own safety as the mob broke into the House chamber where the vote was being tallied.
Hours after the mob was cleared from the Capitol, Congress gathered and resumed its tally and completed its constitutionally mandated job of counting the votes and declaring the winners, Joe Biden as President and Kamala Harris as Vice President.
In the end, Congress voted not to accept these objections, and to certify Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States and Kamala Harris as Vice President. (View Vice-President Pence's declaration below.)
During the proceedings, however, numerous Republican members of Congress apparently believed Trump's BIG LIE and objected to accepting the certified vote tally for several states, including Arizona.
Does the Republican Party Still Believe in the Rule of Law?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Rebuked Republican Colleagues who Objected to the Certified Elector Votes
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a fiery rebuke Wednesday afternoon to his colleagues objecting to the certification of the Electoral College's votes of certain states in the 2020 presidential election, which declared President-elect Joe Biden the victor.
Speaking from the Senate floor, the Kentucky Republican said he has served in the Senate for 36 years and said "this will be the most important vote I've ever cast."
McConnell went on to vote no to the objections.
The voters, the courts, the states – they've all spoken. . . If we overrule them, it would damage our republic forever. This election was actually not unusually close. Just in recent history, 1976, 2000 and 2004 were all closer.
— Senator Mitch McConnell
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