Donald Trump Demands 'Extreme Courage' From Mike Pence in Unrealistic Election Plea

President Donald Trump called for "extreme courage" from Mike Pence in yet more pressure on the vice president to make a last-ditch intervention in Congress that would upend the counting of Electoral College votes.

The president has repeatedly insisted Pence can take action to block the certification of the 2020 election results. In reality, the vice president's role is largely procedural and he lacks the power to overturn the election that Trump lost.

"States want to correct their votes, which they now know were based on irregularities and fraud, plus corrupt process never received legislative approval," Trump wrote in a tweet flagged by Twitter as disputed.

"All Mike Pence has to do is send them back to the States, AND WE WIN. Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage!"

In a subsequent tweet sent minutes later, he added, in all-caps: "THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, OUR COUNTRY, NEEDS THE PRESIDENCY MORE THAN EVER BEFORE - THE POWER OF THE VETO. STAY STRONG!"

He went on to add in another post that states "want to redo their votes."

Though this tweet did not mention anyone by name, it went on: "Let them do it. BE STRONG!"

Congress is due to gather in a joint session to count the Electoral College votes on Wednesday, which Pence will preside over. Trump previously called on Pence to "come through" for him. At a rally in Georgia he said Pence was a "great guy" but added: "Of course, if he doesn't come through, I won't like him quite as much."

Trump has also insisted the pair are on the same page on the matter, rejecting a report from The New York Times that Pence told the president he does not have the power to make such an intervention.

"The Vice President and I are in total agreement that the Vice President has the power to act," he said in a statement.

Several Republican lawmakers are set to object to certain state results, forcing a vote.

However, these objections are not expected to carry enough support in either the Democrat-controlled House or the GOP-majority Senate to make any difference.

Several Republican lawmakers have also rejected the stance taken by some of their colleagues in pushing such action. The president and his allies, however, have criticized those not toeing the line with his position.

The president continues to insist mass fraud was behind President-elect Joe Biden's victory, though there is no evidence of irregularities on a scale that would alter the outcome of the election.

Newsweek has contacted the Trump campaign and the vice president's office for further comment.

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President Donald Trump with Vice President Mike Pence (R), delivers remarks on the stock market during an unscheduled appearance in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on November 24, 2020. Trump is calling on Pence to intervene as Congress convenes to count the Electoral College votes. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images