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Biden’s last hurdle
SIR: Anyone who has followed Joe Biden’s odyssey through the US presidential election will agree that he has faced hurdles. Biden has been up against an incumbent in President Donald Trump who won’t leave the White House without a fight. So far though, all Trumps’ efforts at discrediting the election with unsubstantiated claims of voting irregularities, including using the courts have failed.
Biden’s first hurdle was the election proper. The second hurdle was the Electoral College votes. If it were a “normal” time, the latter was all that stood between Biden and the White House. But like I said, this is not a “normal” time. And it doesn’t help that some claim to “prophecy” a second term for Trump, leaving many waiting with bated breath for who will be sworn in as president on inauguration day.
Now, the Electoral College votes will be brought to Congress to be counted on January 6. It’s usually a formality. Just to rubber stamp what has already been.
But already, about 140 House Republicans said they’ll vote against the counting of the electoral votes on that date. That’s only part of it.
Who is the president of the Senate? It’s Donald Trump’s second in command, Vice President Mike Pence!
Trump is counting on Pence’s loyalty, as well as support from his party members in Congress to invalidate the election, by throwing out duly certified votes meant for Biden.
Pence is not expected to act unconstitutionally. But he himself has not acknowledged openly that Biden won, fuelling the suspicion that he might have an ace up his sleeve.
Pence might be tempted to act in a way to favour his boss, which ultimately favours he himself. But democracy in God’s own country should have gone above that-we hope!
Already, a federal judge has dealt a fatal blow to what might have been Trump’s last chance, when he threw out a lawsuit being pushed by a House Republican that was geared towards giving Vice President Mike Pence the power to overturn the results of the Electoral College votes.
Perhaps, as some feel, Pence might look for a cop-out for not presiding over the electoral vote count on January 6. He might instead ask Senator Charles Grassley, president pro tempore, a Republican, a person who accepts Joe Biden’s victory, to be the presiding officer. By doing that, Pence would not have offended his boss. The process of Biden’s inauguration will stay on course, while the fantasy that Biden’s victory was illegitimate will be maintained.
Dr Cosmas Odoemena, Lagos.
Biden’s last hurdle