As the results of the 2020 presidential election came rolling in, Vice President Mike Pence was notably out of sight and had even planned a Florida vacation for this week. But with the ratcheting up of Trump’s campaign to contest the outcome of the election, CNN reported that Pence canceled his getaway, remaining inside the Beltway to address the Council for National Policy, a highly secretive organization that includes some of the most powerful conservatives in the country.
As Pence stands at the podium before marquee names in conservative politics Friday, pro-Trump, far-right activists are making their way to Washington, D.C., for a rally organized and supported by some of the very right-wing leaders likely sitting in that room.
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his InfoWars network are leading a caravan of Trump supporters to D.C., Stewart Rhodes of the Oath Keepers militia has promised to station his armed men outside of the District borders should Trump call on them, and the Proud Boys hate group has encouraged its members to to the nation’s capital, with leader Enrique Tarrio declaring Trump’s “Standby order has been rescinded.” They, along with other conspiracy theorists, far-right groups and other Trump loyalists, have all promised to go to the Saturday event that goes by three names: Million MAGA March, March for Trump, and Stop the Steal—to push a false narrative that voter fraud cost Trump the election. The event has been promoted by Fox News personalities Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham.
Notable CNP members include Ginni Thomas, the influential wife of Clarence Thomas, and Tony Perkins, a former president of the organization and the current president of the Family Research Council, according to a 2020 membership directory published by Documented. CNP has also welcomed far-right figures like neo-Confederate Christian Reconstructionist Michael Peroutka, a major funder of former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s advocacy and political career.
Current CNP Treasurer Kenneth Blackwell has promoted Stop the Steal on Twitter and Facebook and, as Right Wing Watch’s Peter Montgomery reported, baselessly charged Monday that “the Democrat-run Pennsylvania executive government only wants votes counted that support their agenda and their candidates.”
Trump himself has addressed CNP members—as recently as the Aug. 21 meeting and in the beginning of his campaign in 2015. According to The National Review, of the six Republican presidential candidates who addressed CNP in 2015, Trump was the “star attraction.”
If the name Ken Blackwell sounds familiar to you, this is why:
in 2004, the state of Ohio was the state that gave the presidency to George W. Bush instead of John Kerry. Blackwell was the Secretary of State in Ohio from 1999 until 2007. Without his "dirty tricks", John Kerry would have won the state of Ohio - and the presidency.
The article below provides more information on the 2004 election: