Former President Donald Trump’s efforts to publicly harm the political prospects of his once-vice president, Mike Pence, were deconstructed by CNN political analyst David Chalian on Wednesday.
“Listen, we know there is no love lost here this year since January 6th between Donald Trump and Mike Pence,” said Chalian. “And Trump has been out there sort of questioning, still smarting over the fact that Pence didn’t go through with his attempted coup plan that Trump had devised for him, that Pence followed the constitutional order, probably, in terms of counting the electoral votes. What I find amazing about this is that now Donald Trump is stepping up this game. He’s trying to ensure Mike Pence doesn’t have a political future in the Republican Party. He is, by saying he’s ‘mortally wounded.”
“By the way, Trump’s analysis, it could be right,” added Chalian. “There are few people who sort of understand where the base of the Republican Party is, then Donald Trump. So his analysis may be right that this may be too tough a bridge for Mike Pence to cross, with the modern-day Trump Republican base in a potential 2024 Republican primary. But Donald Trump’s point here is to make sure he muddies up Pence as much as possible, should Pence move forward with what many people expect to be a bid for the presidency.”
Mike Pence is one of the persons who is intimately familiar with Donald Trump‘s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
As you may know, Trump spent weeks lobbying his Vice President to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s victory, allegedly calling Pence a “p***sy” and threatening to cut ties if Pence didn’t come through.
Later, during a rally before the January 6 insurgency, Trump addressed the audience, “I hope Mike is going to do the right thing. I hope so. I hope so.”
And, “All Vice President Pence has to do is send it back to the states to recertify and we become president and you are the happiest people,” and “Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us, and if he doesn’t, that will be a, a sad day for our country because you’re sworn to uphold our Constitution,” he said.
He droned on, “Mike Pence, I hope you’re going to stand up for the good of our Constitution and for the good of our country. And if you’re not, I’m going to be very disappointed in you. I will tell you right now. I’m not hearing good stories.”
When Pence refused to do anything other than certifying Biden’s victory, a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, yelling “hang Mike Pence!” and requiring the V.P. to be evacuated to a secure area owing to very serious threats on his life.
Pence, for his part, has been strangely understanding about his former boss inciting a throng that loudly called for his death—which Trump subsequently said Pence deserved—saying merely that he doesn’t believe he and the ex-president would ever see “eye to eye” about the events of that day.
So it becomes doubtful that, if pressed, the former V.P., who remains strangely subservient to Trump—and probably wants his followers’ votes in 2024—would reveal what he knows about the events before, during, and after January 6, 2021, with the committee examining the subject. However, it seems that he is comfortable with others close to him doing so!
According to three individuals familiar with the situation, Marc Short, Pence’s former chief of staff, is collaborating with the January 6 committee, which is “a significant development that will give investigators insight from one of the highest-ranking Trump officials.
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