In an interesting move Rep. Louie Gohmert is suing Vice President Mike Pence in a bid to overturn the stolen election by President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over current President Trump. The fix was in folks, and we all can see it, and so Gohmert and several other Republicans who are named in the suit, including Republican slate of electors from Arizona, aim to allow Pence to overturn Trump’s defeat in some key states when Congress meets to count Electoral College votes on Jan. 6. The vice president traditionally presides over this meeting as president of the Senate, where they officially announce the results of the election.
Now before you all lose your shit over this, and think this isn’t a well thought out move you need to calm down, and let this play out. Someone had to bring this lawsuit to Pence in order to be able to get him to act it’s needed, and he can give Trump the win we know he earned.
The lawsuit challenges the 1887 Electoral Count Act, which dictates the vice president’s role in announcing the results as a ceremonial one. Instead, it says this federal law violates the Twelfth Amendment, which provides for separate Electoral College votes for president and vice president. The lawsuit is filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
Gohmert is asking Judge Jeremy Kernodle, a U.S. District judge in Tyler who was appointed by Trump, to allow Pence to choose which electoral votes to count in key states President Donald Trump lost. And remember President Trump retweeted a supporter’s theory that Pence could overthrow the results of the election last week.
Legal and election experts immediately took to Twitter to debunk the lawsuit. “If the Twelfth Amendment somehow gave the Vice President the power to unilaterally throw out electoral votes for the other guy in favor of their own party (and even *themselves*), one might think that one of them would’ve noticed by now,” Steven Vladeck, professor of law at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.