The New York Times reports:
Speaking privately to former Vice President Dan Quayle, who oversaw the certification of the 1992 election in which he was on the losing ticket, Mr. Pence appeared open to going along with Mr. Trump’s plan, pushed the false claim that Arizona’s voting results were wrong and asked whether there was any way he could delay certification. Mr. Pence told him that the president was convinced that Mr. Pence could throw out the election results in order to keep himself in power.
“Mike, you have no flexibility on this,” Mr. Quayle told Mr. Pence. “None. Zero. Forget it. Put it away.” “I know, that’s what I’ve been trying to tell Trump,” Mr. Pence said. “But he really thinks he can. And there are other guys in there saying I’ve got this power.” Mr. Pence then echoed Mr. Trump’s false claims of election fraud. “Well, there’s some stuff out in Arizona,” Mr. Pence said. “Mike, I live in Arizona,” Mr. Quayle said. “There’s nothing out here.”
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Insane to realize how close we came to absolute chaos but “Mr Potatoe,” Dan Quayle, steered Pence away.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) September 14, 2021
Dan Quayle was the voice of reason who convinced Pence to certify the election.
George Bush decries right wing terrorism
And Dick Cheney’s daughter is investigating 1/6.
The GOP we once thought the worst are the best compared to today’s GOP.
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) September 14, 2021
Dan Quayle helped save the Republic. That’s how warped the Trump era is. pic.twitter.com/EuacpZnae6
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) September 14, 2021
Don’t underestimate this private but morally clear intervention. Pence was grasping for someone, anyone to provide moral cover for selling out American democracy. Quayle shut him down unequivocally. https://t.co/Thjx20gC1O
— Tom Perriello (@tomperriello) September 14, 2021