Sarah May
February 11, 2024

Elise Stefanik suggests Mike Pence was wrong to certify 2020 election results

As former President Donald Trump contemplates his choice of running mate for the 2024 election, one rumored contender for the spot, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), has just indicated that, unlike former Vice President Mike Pence, she would not have certified the results of the 2020 contest, as The Hill reports.

Stefanik revealed her position on the issue during a Thursday appearance on CNN's The Source with host Kaitlan Collins, who inquired about the congresswoman's status as a potential Trump VP pick.

Stefanik holds forth

During a discussion of the controversy that surrounded the 2020 election results and the debate over certification, Stefanik told Collins, “I would not have done what Mike Pence did. I don't think that was the right approach.”

Indeed, Stefanik was among those who voted against certifying the results from Pennsylvania on Jan. 6, the day pro-Trump protestors breached the Capitol complex.

“There was unconstitutional overreach in states like Pennsylvania, and I think it's very important that we continue to stand up for the Constitution and have legal and secure elections, which we did not have in 2020,” Stefanik maintained.

What comes next?

Given her steadfast support of Trump and continued speculation about her potential as the former president's next running mate, Collins asked the congresswoman if she has yet taken part in any type of vetting for the role.

Stefanik began by reiterating her admiration for the GOP front-runner, saying, “I'm happy to be one of the top surrogates for President Trump. I voted for him in 2016. I was proud to work with him on his impeachment defense team when the first witch hunt started against him.”

Coming a bit closer to answering Collins' question, Stefanik added, “I would [be] proud to serve in a Trump administration, but we have a lot to do. I have a lot of responsibility as the Republican conference chair.”

Criticism ensues

Not surprisingly, Stefanik's take on the 2020 election drew heat from Democrats, including liberal New York Rep. Dan Goldman, who did not hold back, both online and on television, as ABC News noted.

In a scathing social media post, Goldman said of Stefanik, “She's a sycophant willing to do or say anything for Trump's approval, including sacrificing our democracy.”

In his own appearance on CNN, Goldman continued to weigh in on Stefanik, saying that her remarks “should scare the American people, because that is anti-democratic, and that is going to lead us down a very, very dangerous road if there's a yes-person as vice president who will do whatever Donald Trump wants,”

What Goldman fails to realize is that a large and growing portion of the electorate has no interest whatsoever in anything he has to say about whom Trump may select to join the Republican ticket and wants the former president will select someone who shares his – and their – vision for the country.

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