WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump lashed out at Mike Pence Wednesday, accusing the vice president of not having courage to “protect the country” by overturning the presidential election he claims was rigged.
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify,” Trump tweeted. “USA demands the truth!”
Trump’s comment come after Pence advised him that he does not have the power under the Constitution as vice president to overturn a presidential election. Pence added that it wouldn’t be unethical if he attempted to intervene.
“I do not believe that the founders of our country intended to invest the vice president with unilateral authority to decide which electoral votes should be counted during the joint session of Congress, and no vice president in American history has ever asserted such authority,” Pence wrote in a statement.
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican and outspoken Trump detractor, called the president out as hundreds of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
“You are not protecting the country,” Kinzinger tweeted at Trump. “Where is the DC guard? You are done and your legacy will be a disaster.”
In a previous tweet, Kinzinger called the unrest in Washington a coup attempt.