Dan Quayle Convinced Mike Pence To Ignore Trump's Decertification Pleas: Book

The former vice president reportedly convinced Mike Pence he couldn't throw out the election results in order to keep Trump in power.

Although Dan Quayle wasn’t taken seriously when he served as George H.W. Bush’s vice president, he may have saved American democracy from Donald Trump’s election fraud.

According to “Peril,” an upcoming book by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Trump spent his final days in office pressuring Vice President Mike Pence to disrupt the official election certification process.

Trump reportedly told Pence, “I don’t want to be your friend anymore if you don’t do this.”

Pence was apparently so torn between his loyalty to the president and his sworn oath to defend the Constitution that he sought advice from Quayle.

Although Trump was supposedly convinced his VP could simply throw out the election results, Quayle reportedly told Pence bluntly: “Mike, you have no flexibility on this. None. Zero. Forget it. Put it away.”

Pence reportedly said that’s what he repeatedly told Trump, adding, “but he really thinks he can. And there are other guys in there saying I’ve got this power.”

According to the book, Pence then repeated some of his boss’s false election fraud claims in places like Arizona.

Quayle shut him down.

“Mike, I live in Arizona,” Quayle said. “There’s nothing out here.”

When Quayle served as vice president in the late 1980s and early ’90s, he was lambasted as a gaffe-ridden lightweight .

So the news that he may have prevented a constitutional crisis has shocked many, including MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

“Wow,” Mitchell said in the segment below. “Dan Quayle comes to the rescue of the republic.”

Vice Presidents Through The Years
Joe Biden (D)(01 of 19)
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Presidency: Barack Obama Served from: 2009 to present Source: U.S. Senate (credit: Getty Images)
Dick Cheney (R)(02 of 19)
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Presidency: George W. Bush Served from: 2001-2009 Source: U.S. Senate (credit: Getty Images)
Al Gore (D)(03 of 19)
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Presidency: Bill Clinton Served from: 1993-2001 Source: U.S. Senate (credit: AP)
Dan Quayle (R)(04 of 19)
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Presidency: George H.W. Bush Served from: 1989-1993 Source: U.S. Senate (credit: AP)
George H.W. Bush (R)(05 of 19)
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Presidency: Ronald Reagan Served from: 1981-1989 Source: U.S. Senate (credit: AP)
Walter Mondale (D)(06 of 19)
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Presidency: Jimmy Carter Served from: 1977-1981 Source: U.S. Senate (credit: AP)
Nelson Rockefeller (R)(07 of 19)
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Presidency: Gerald Ford Served from: 1974-1977 Source: U.S. Senate (credit: AP)
Gerald Ford (R)(08 of 19)
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Presidency: Richard Nixon Served from: 1973-1974. Succeeded to the presidency on Aug. 9, 1974. Source: U.S. Senate (credit: AP)
Spiro Agnew (R)(09 of 19)
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Presidency: Richard Nixon Served from: 1969-1973. Resigned on Oct. 10, 1973. Source: U.S. Senate (credit: AP)
Hubert H. Humphrey (D)(10 of 19)
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Presidency: Lyndon B. Johnson Served from: 1965-1969 Source: U.S. Senate (credit: AP)
Lyndon B. Johnson (D)(11 of 19)
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Presidency: John F. Kennedy Served from: 1961-1963. Succeeded to presidency on Nov. 22, 1963. Source: U.S. Senate (credit: AP)
Richard Nixon (R)(12 of 19)
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Presidency: Dwight D. Eisenhower Served from: 1953-1961 Source: U.S. Senate (credit: AP)
Alben Barkley (D)(13 of 19)
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Presidency: Harry S. Truman Served from: 1949-1953 Source: U.S. Senate (credit: AP)
Harry Truman (D)(14 of 19)
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Presidency: Franklin D. Roosevelt Served in: 1945. Succeeded to presidency on April 12, 1945. Source: U.S. Senate (credit: AP)
Henry A. Wallace (D)(15 of 19)
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Presidency: Franklin D. Roosevelt Served from: 1941-1945 Source: U.S. Senate (credit: AP)
John Nance Garner (D)(16 of 19)
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Presidency: Franklin D. Roosevelt Served from: 1933-1941 Source: U.S. Senate (credit: Getty Images)
Charles Curtis (R)(17 of 19)
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Presidency: Herbert Hoover Served from: 1929-1933 Source: U.S. Senate (credit: AP)
Charles Dawes (R)(18 of 19)
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Presidency: Calvin Coolidge Served from: 1925-1929 Source: U.S. Senate (credit: AP)
Calvin Coolidge (R)(19 of 19)
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Presidency: Warren G. Harding Served from: 1921-1923. Succeeded to presidency on Aug. 3, 1923. Source: U.S. Senate (credit: AP)
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