Trump’s paths to re-election

by Jon Fleetwood | ​December 16, 2020


Despite the mainstream media narrative, Donald Trump still has multiple paths to win re-election.


After the 538-member Electoral College voted on Monday, federal law requires the votes were sent via special carrier to Washington where they will be officially counted on Jan. 6, 2021, at 1 pm.


Both houses of Congress—the Senate and the House of Representatives—will meet and open the votes.

This joint meeting of Congress is required by the 12th Amendment.


Vice President Mike Pence, as president of the Senate per the constitution, will accept or reject motions from Congress about the legitimacy of the electors’ votes raised by members of Congress.


An objection must be presented in writing and signed by one Senator and one Representative.

If an objection is seconded by another member of Congress, then “the joint session recesses and the two houses separate and debate the question in their respective chambers for a maximum of two hours,” according to the Congressional Research Service (CRS).


CRS continues, “The two houses then vote separately to accept or reject the objection. They then reassemble in joint session, and announce the results of their respective votes. An objection to a state’s electoral vote must be approved by both houses in order for any contested votes to be excluded.”


This process was established by the Electoral Count Act of 1887, originating in the contested 1876 presidential election between Samuel Tilden and Rutherford B. Hayes.

CRS notes that these procedures have been invoked twice since enactment of the law. Once in 1969 when Representative James O’Hara of Michigan and Senator Edmund D. Muskie of Main objected in writing to counting the vote of a North Carolina elector.


And another time in 2005 when Representative Stephanie Tubbs of Ohio and Senator Barbara Boxer of California objected to Ohio’s electoral votes.


Councilman Matthew Seely of Grosse Point Shores, Michigan explained possible paths for a Trump victory in a video posted to YouTube on Dec. 15.


Seely explained that valid objections to the seating of an elector will cause both congressional chambers to enter a closed session in which they hash out a resolution.


“If, however, they don’t come up with any type of a resolution, then when the session is opened back up, the Senate will vote, and, in the event of a tie, Vice President Mike Pence—as president of the Senate—would break that tie.”

“This is where it gets interesting,” continued Seely. “Each state is allowed one vote per delegation. So, the delegation is typically representative of the legislature of that state.”


“It just so happens that right now 30 states have Republican delegations. So, if they all are given one vote, the vote in the House could be 30-20, and the Senate—with Mike Pence as the tiebreaker—and with the Republicans…being in a tie in the Senate at that point in time would be a Republican vote from the senate, which means that President Trump would win the election.”


Moreover, Seely noted that a Trump victory is also possible should his campaign successfully prove to the Supreme Court that Biden or his campaign was complicit in cheating in the 2020 presidential election.


He also argued that a Trump victory is possible should Trump win the pending lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, and Michigan.


“If any one of those combinations were to change, the President [would have] enough electoral votes to win the Electoral College,” Seely claimed.


“There are a lot of options in court, and there are a lot of options legislatively.”


Seely ended the video saying, “Know that the President is fighting. Never count Donald Trump out. Ever. He always manages in the 11th hour to come through with a victory. And I don’t anticipate any different this time.”