Chair of the House Republican Conference Elise Stefanik (R-New York) stated that if she had been in the position of former Vice President Mike Pence, she would not have permitted the certification of 2020 election results on January 6, 2021.
Stefanik, who was widely regarded as a leading candidate to succeed former President Trump as his vice presidential nominee in 2024, voted against certifying Pennsylvania election results on January 6 in response to an attempted overthrow of the election by demonstrators who breached the Capitol.
“I would not have done what Mike Pence did. I don’t think that was the right approach. I specifically stand by what I said on the House floor.” Stefanik said during a Thursday appearance on CNN.
“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,” she continued.
On that day, Stefanik cast a vote in support of certifying election results in Arizona, the only other state where a congressional contest took place.
Infuriating Trump allies, Stefanik mentioned a 2020 Pennsylvania court case while speaking on the House floor in which it was determined that mail-in ballots could not be rejected on the basis of signature comparisons.
On January 6, during a joint session of Congress, Trump had implored Pence, who was presiding over the Senate, to attempt to reverse the ultimate outcome of the election by simply not counting election results from certain states that had voted for Biden.
Collins inquired whether Stefanik had participated in any vetting procedure in order to be considered as a potential vice presidential choice of Trump.
“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.” she responded.
“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,” Stefanik concluded.