Trump’s VP Litmus Test: Election Denialism

In response to Donald Trump’s vice presidential contenders trying to out-MAGA each other with election denialism, DNC Rapid Response Director Alex Floyd released the following statement: 

“Donald Trump has a clear litmus test for any potential running mates: total loyalty to Trump above democracy and the Constitution. To win Trump’s veepstakes, candidates have to embrace his denial of the 2020 election results, cast doubt on this November’s results, and refuse to certify future elections – and his VP contenders have been more than happy to do so. Trump tried to reject the will of the voters in 2020 after he got crushed and lost to President Biden by more than 7 million votes. Now, it’s clear that both Trump and whatever MAGA extremist he picks for VP will only double down on his baseless claims and continue to put our democracy on the line in this election.”

NEW: Byron Donalds became the latest VP contender to refuse to commit to certifying election results.

Axios: “Byron Donalds wouldn’t commit to certifying election results as Trump’s VP”

“Trump and his allies will want a VP pick that is more willing to comply with the former president’s wishes, which former Vice President Pence rejected by certifying the 2020 results. ‘If you have state officials who are violating the election law in their states … then no, I would not,’ Donalds said when asked if he would certify the 2028 results as vice president.”

Trump’s veepstakes competition is a race to the bottom to see who can embrace his extreme and dangerous election denialism.

CNN: “Sen. Tim Scott declines to say whether he would’ve certified 2020 election results if he were vice president”

Associated Press: “Trump VP contender Tim Scott doesn’t want to talk about vice president’s role in certifying election”

Associated Press: “Noem refuses to say whether Biden victory was free and fair”

Politico: “Stefanik pre-emptively declines to commit to accepting 2024 election results”

Rolling Stone: “Elise Stefanik Auditions for VP: ‘I Would Not Have Done What Mike Pence Did’”

Kaitlan Collins, CNN: “North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, who Trump said yesterday would do ‘a great job’ as VP, does not answer when I asked if he thought Mike Pence did the right thing on Jan. 6.”

Neil Cavuto, Fox News: “Would you have done what Mike Pence did [to certify the 2020 election results on January 6]?”

Ben Carson: “Mike Pence spent a lot of time laboring over that. … I think it would’ve been appropriate perhaps to look at all of the alternatives very seriously because there was significant controversy about what had happened in the election.”

Cavuto: “You believe what Mike Pence did, ultimately the decision he made ultimately, was right or not?”

Carson: “Well, I believe he tried to do what was right. … I think the right thing would have been to try to focus on having a process that is legitimate.”

ABC News: “JD Vance says he’s wouldn’t have certified 2020 race until states submitted pro-Trump electors”