Rep. Elise Stefanik, Trump’s potential running mate, suggests she would not have endorsed the 2020 election

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Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, who has been floated as a potential running mate for Donald Trump in 2024, indicated that if she had been running as vice president in 2020, she would not have certified the election results.

“I would not have done what Mike Pence did,” Stefanik said.

Stefanik made the comments Thursday night during an appearance on CNN “Source” With Kaitlan Collins. Collins asked Stefanik if she has been part of any vetting process yet with the Trump team.

“I would be proud to serve in a future Trump administration, but we have a lot to do,” she said, referring to House Republican priorities and her role as caucus chair.

Stefanik was later asked what she would have done if she had been in Pence’s shoes on January 6, 2021 — the day Congress’ certification of the 2020 presidential election results was interrupted by a violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Photo: House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., flanked by Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., left, and House Speaker Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Los Angeles, speak during a Capitol news conference Hill in Washington, February 6, 2024.

House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., flanked by Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., left, and House Speaker Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Los Angeles, speak during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 6 2024.

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Pence, who said Trump put his life and the lives of his family in danger on January 6 by disparaging him in social media posts while the riot was taking place, oversaw the certification of the results and announced the final results: 306 votes for Biden, 232 for Trump.

“I don’t think that was the right approach,” Stefanik said of Pence.

PHOTO: Vice President Mike Pence chairs a joint session of Congress to certify the 2020 Electoral College results on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Vice President Mike Pence chairs a joint session of Congress to certify the 2020 Electoral College results on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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Stefanik was one of 147 Republicans in Congress who voted to reject the election results, though she only rejected electors from Pennsylvania, not Arizona like many other Republican lawmakers.

“So you were going to reject the votes?” asked CNN’s Collins.

Stefanik responded by repeating false claims that there was “unconstitutional overreach in states like Pennsylvania” and that the 2020 presidential race was not a “legal and safe” election.

Pence made clear that he does not have the vice president’s authority to unilaterally reject the results. Speaking to ABC News’ Washington president Jonathan Karl last year, Pence said “Trump is wrong” on the issue.

“I know, by the grace of God, that we did our duty that day, which was to apply the plain language of the United States Constitution,” Pence told Karl.

Stefanik’s comments were quickly rebuffed by another member of the New York delegation: Democratic Rep. Dan Goldman.

“She is a sycophant willing to do or say anything for Trump’s approval, including sacrificing our democracy,” Goldman said in a social media post.

Goldman, who also appeared on CNN, added that her comments “should scare the American people because this is anti-democratic, and this is going to lead us down a very dangerous path if there is someone who is OK with being vice president who is going to do whatever Donald Trump wants.” Trump wants.”

Another Republican lawmaker, Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas, also criticized Stefanik as “incorrect.”

“The Constitution gives you no power — being the vice president — and no power to overturn the certification of an election,” he told CNN.

In addition to Stefanik, other names mentioned as potential vice presidential contenders are South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott.

This article originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

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