Pelosi: House Will Play 'Prominent Role' in Deciding Election Outcome
'We’ve been ready for a while because we see this irresponsibility of the president'
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared the House of Representatives is prepared to play a “prominent role” in deciding who wins the presidential election if results are disputed.
The House speaker has reportedly been contemplating what Politico referred to as a “once-in-a-century phenomenon.”
According to the New York Times, the “newly seated House of Representatives” would hold a complicated vote in the event of a tie in the Electoral College.
The House vote could be “brutal” and could come down to which party controls the most state delegations, according to Poltico.
The Times reported the number could change after Tuesday's results are known.
“But let’s not worry about that right now,” Pelosi told NPR.
“What we want to be ready for is a big vote tomorrow to dispel any thought other than that, on January 20, Joe Biden will be inaugurated president of the United States, that we will have a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate.”
There have been reports that both Republicans and Democrats are now building formidable war chests to spend on possible lawsuits in the event of contesting most election outcomes.
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“We’re ready. We’re prepared," Pelosi said.
"We’ve been ready for a while because we see this irresponsibility of the president, his disrespect for the Constitution, for our democracy, and for the integrity of our elections," she added.
"So we’re ready for him,” Pelosi told NPR, The Hill reported.
Last week, Pelosi predicted that Biden would beat President Donald Trump on Tuesday.
The House speaker said Democrats stand ready to work with Biden on a transition agenda to tackle COVID-19 and address the economy.
“I feel very confident that Joe Biden will be elected president on Tuesday,” Pelosi said during a Washington media conference.
Pelosi predicted counting votes might well continue past polling day itself.
"So while we don’t want to be overconfident or assume anything, we have to be ready for how we’re going to go down a different path.”
Earlier this year, Pelosi declared Trump would be leaving the White House in November, even if "if he has to be fumigated."