Navarro Falsely Suggests Delay Of Biden Inauguration While Egging On Trump’s Delusional Bid

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18: Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro speaks to members of the press outside the West Wing of the White House June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. Navarro spoke on former Nat... WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18: Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro speaks to members of the press outside the West Wing of the White House June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. Navarro spoke on former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s new book “The Room Where It Happened.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS

Living in complete denial that President Trump’s one-term presidency is coming to a close, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro took to Fox News on Saturday night to falsely proclaim that President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20 can be delayed.

The loyal Trump foot soldier pushed the President’s voter fraud delusions while appearing on Fox News on Saturday night as he piled onto the Trumpworld’s meltdown over baseless assertions of Democrats “stealing” the election. Navarro conveniently ignored the fruitless efforts by Trump’s legal team to overturn election results.

Navarro turned his focus onto the Jan. 6 congressional session that will certify the Electoral College votes cementing Biden’s victory. Navarro looked to Vice President Mike Pence, who will chair the session, to do Trump’s bidding as he nonsensically suggested that the President-elect’s inauguration can be postponed.

“I would not be surprised to see a special counsel on this. And Vice President Pence, he has the authority to give that 10-day window to do what needs to get done,” Navarro said. “And I cannot imagine, when he goes through the facts, he won’t vote the right way on that.”

When Fox News anchor Jeanine Pirro cited the Constitution — which clearly states that the term of the outgoing president ends on Jan. 20 — while mentioning that Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20 can’t be change, Navarro continued being in denial of reality.

“Well it can be changed, actually. We can go past that date, we can go past that date if we need to,” Navarro said.

Pirro, who has a law degree, did not challenge Navarro’s unsubstantiated claims as she raised her brows and quipped: “Oh, okay.”

Navarro’s falsehoods issued on Saturday coincided with a statement released by Pence chief of staff Marc Short that night, which signaled the Vice President’s support for Trump’s long-shot bid of a second term.

“Vice President Pence shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election,” Short said in a statement. “The vice president welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people on January 6th.”

Short’s statement came on the heels of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and a group of 10 GOP lawmakers announcing a fresh effort to object to the Electoral Votes certifying Biden’s victory. Cruz’s effort followed Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) vow to object to the certification of the Electoral College votes by baselessly claiming that a handful of states lost by Trump including Pennsylvania had failed to follow their own election laws.

On Friday, a federal judge in Texas rejected a lawsuit by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) that sought to overturn the results of the presidential election. The judge criticized Gohmert’s efforts at mounting “speculative” scenarios that presupposed “what the Vice President will do on January 6.”

Watch Navarro’s remarks below:

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