(RoyalPatriot.com)- The former vice president has finally broken his silence on election fraud too little too late for supporters of his former boss.
Mike Pence wrote an op-ed piece for The Daily Signal on Wednesday in which he railed against proposals to reform voting laws by Democrats. The blog he wrote for is affiliated with the Heritage Foundation, the conservative organization where Pence is now a fellow.
In his op-ed, Pence wrote about various grievances about 2020 presidential election security. He also said the “tragic events” of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building “deprived the American people of a substantive discussion in Congress about election integrity in America.”
While the rioters were outside breaking into the building, Pence was presiding over the Electoral College certification of votes. Some of those rioters were chanting “Bring out Mike Pence” and “Hang Mike Pence.”
Speaking to the right of Republican members of Congress to challenge the results in some states that day, Pence wrote:
“Every citizen deserves the freedom to support, oppose, criticize, or promote the candidates and causes they believe in. And most importantly, the American people must have the utmost confidence that every voice matters, and every vote counts — or democracy cannot survive.”
In his blog, Pence went off on what’s known as H.R. 1, a bill in the House of Representatives known as the For the People Act. Democrats have proposed this wide-sweeping bill that they said would counter partisan gerrymandering, voter suppression and the influence of dark money in Washington politics.
Republicans have fired back at the bill, saying it would give Democrats huge unfair advantages in all elections.
Regarding the bill, Pence wrote:
“HR 1 mandates the most questionable and abuse-prone election rules nationwide, while banning commonsense measures to detect, deter, and prosecute election fraud.
“Leftists not only ant you powerless at the ballot box, they want to silence and censor anyone who would dare to criticize their unconstitutional power grab.
“HR 1 is an unconstitutional, reckless, and anti-democratic bill that would erode those foundational principles and could permanently damage our republic.”
Trump called the bill a “monster” and a “disaster” during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday. He said it would threaten the ability of all Republicans to win elections in the future.
While H.R. 1 is expected to easily pass through the House — as early as this week — it will likely face huge opposition in the Senate. Unlike the $1.9 trillion economic relief bill, Democrats can’t use budget reconciliation to pass this voting bill. That means they’d need to get 60 votes supporting the bill to avoid a filibuster from Republicans.
It’s extremely unlikely that at least 10 Republicans would support the bill, and that’s not even counting any Democrats who would potentially go against it as well.
In the meantime, Republicans in states around the country are working to pass bills that would beef up election security with voter bills of their own. Some of those are being challenged in courts, though, so the outcome isn’t yet clear.