On Wednesday night, Mike Pence was asked to reflect on his tenure as Donald Trump’s vice president during a HEADLINESFOREVER town hall.
Let me just say that it was a real honour for me to be a member of the Trump-Pence administration, he remarked, according to what was reported. However, our administration did not have a good conclusion.
Which is an intriguing viewpoint!
Pence is attempting to gain favour with Republicans by taking responsibility for the events building up to the riot at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, but then sort of yada-yadaing away what transpired on that day and the days that followed.
it is unattainable.
Everything that happened before the events of January 6 in the Trump administration has been coloured by them. That terrible day was preceded by innumerable lies, the weaponization of grievances, and attempts to exploit government institutions to satisfy personal grudges. The result of Trump’s actions (and Pence’s inaction) was the release of a toxic concoction.
Pence is attempting to establish himself as a contender for the presidency in 2024. He wants to run against the president while highlighting the accomplishments of the Trump administration, such as the Supreme Court judges and tax cuts. Trumpism without Trump is what he wants to give. the four years of Trump’s actions, excluding what took place after the 2020 election.
Pence is hardly the only person taking that stance. Republicans have praised Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for presenting many of Trumpism’s viewpoints – particularly a rejection of so-called “woke” culture – without the unpredictable nature of Trump. Mike Pompeo, who held the job of secretary of state during the Trump administration, appears to be preparing for a possible run on the aggressive foreign policy promoted by, uh, Trump, but without the tweets and the conspiracies.
Pence’s issue in this deliberate estrangement is that he practically served as Trump’s right-hand man throughout his entire presidency. When the former president was signing a bill or giving a speech, Pence frequently stood in the background in admiration. Keep in mind that Pence complimented Trump for three minutes in a row during a Cabinet meeting in 2017. Doing that is difficult!
In other words, this is a “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?” moment. In Republicans’ minds, Pence can’t just take credit for the good and escape responsibility for the terrible. It’s accurate to say that Pence refused Trump’s repeated requests for him to disregard the outcome of the electoral vote. But it’s also true that Pence did nothing when Trump routinely flouted traditions that have guided the presidency for generations.
Trump’s advantages cannot be claimed without simultaneously accepting his disadvantages. All of it is included, which is awful for Pence.