President Trump piled more pressure on Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, saying that he will never concede defeat and demanding that his loyal deputy refuse to certify the results of November’s election.
With his political power evaporating, along with Republican hopes of holding the Senate, Trump emerged from the White House to address thousands of supporters just before members of Congress were due to meet and formalize Joe Biden’s election win.
He repeated a string of discredited conspiracy theories about vote-rigging, claims rejected by courts across the country, and called on supporters to march on the Capitol.
“We will never give up,” said Trump to a rapturous reception from a stage framed by the White House. “We will never concede.”
Instead, he called on Pence to refuse to certify electoral votes from battleground states despite reports that his vice president has already told him he has no such power.
“All Vice President Pence has to do