Rasmussen slams ‘sad bunch’ of ‘partisan hacks’ for cherry-picked criticism of its Mike Pence commentary

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The polling outfit Rasmussen encouraged Vice President Mike Pence to exclude the election results from contested battleground states when Congress meets next month.

The Republican-leaning pollster made the case in a Twitter thread for Pence’s power to reject Electoral College results in the states where election results have been under dispute. In several tweets on Sunday, Rasmussen referenced the 12th Amendment in outlining steps for the vice president and triggered liberals by promoting an article that quoted Russian dictator Joseph Stalin.

“What a sad bunch,” Rasmussen tweeted Monday in response to the outrage over previous tweets, and linking to the piece by Alexander Macris.

“The usual partisan hacks are feigning upset that our analysis & commentary piece from Alexander Macris yesterday included a top quote from Stalin. Well it does. The hacks don’t want you to READ that commentary,” the outlet wrote.

“Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything. – Stalin,” the pollster tweeted.

“Come January 2021, Vice President Mike Pence will be presented with the sealed certificates containing the ballots of the presidential electors. At that moment, the Presidency will be in his hands,” Macris wrote, and Rasmussen quoted in tweets.

“And there is nothing stopping Pence, under the authority vested in him as President of the Senate, from declining to open and count the certificates from the six disputed states,” the piece continued. “If they are (as more than 70% of Republicans believe) certificates from non-electors appointed via voter fraud, why should he open and count them?”

Some disputed Pence’s authority to actually affect the outcome of the vote, and argued that Rasmussen had not fully understood the law. While the vice president has the authority to call on states to submit their electoral votes, he doesn’t have the power to reject any of those votes, according to The Washington Post.

Trump critic and attorney T. Greg Doucette tweeted that “Pence has no power to ‘strike’ anything. He opens the envelopes, gives the certificates to the tellers, the tellers count.”

The Rasmussen Twitter thread came as Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and several other Republicans sued the vice president, asking a federal judge in Texas to strike down the 1887 federal law, the Electoral Count Act. The lawsuit seeks to give Pence the power to choose electors in the contested states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Other Republicans are planning to challenge the Electoral College results giving Joe Biden the presidential victory.

“There are dozens in the House of Representatives who have reached that conclusion, as I have,” Rep. Mo Brooks said in an appearance on Fox & Friends.

“We’re going to sponsor and co-sponsor objections to the Electoral College vote returns of Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada and maybe more depending on where we collectively want to go,” the Alabama Republican said.

Frieda Powers

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