Category: Mike Pence

Pence embodies what’s wrong with Washington

Opinion from The Washington Post — Written by Richard Cohen — Image courtesy of Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press

When history holds its trial to account for the Donald Trump presidency, Trump himself will be acquitted on grounds of madness. History will look at his behavior, his erratic and childish lying and his flamboyant ignorance of history itself and pronounce the man, like George III, a cuckoo for whom restraint, but not punishment, was necessary. Such will not be the case for Mike Pence, the toady vice president and the personification of much that has gone wrong in Washington.

On any given day, Pence will do his customary spot-on imitation of a bobblehead. Standing near Trump in the Oval Office, he will nod his head robotically as the president says one asinine thing after another and then, maybe along with others, he will be honored with a lie or a version of the truth so mangled by contradictions and fabrications that a day in the White House is like a week on LSD.

Pence is the most prominent and highest-ranked of President Trump’s lackeys. Like with all of them, Pence’s touching naivete and trust are routinely abused. He vouches for things that are not true — no talk of sanctions between Mike Flynn and the Russians, for instance, or more recently the reason James B. Comey was fired as FBI director. In both instances, the president either lied to him or failed to tell him the truth. The result was the same: The vice president appeared clueless.

In service to Trump, Pence keeps saying things that aren’t true

From The Washington Post and written by Abby Phillip —

Since his selection as Trump’s vice president, Pence has been unflagging in his loyalty and deference to Trump. But in return, Trump and White House aides have repeatedly set Pence up to be the public face of official narratives that turn out to be misleading or just false.

A day after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, his vice president stared into a television camera surrounded by a gaggle of reporters on Capitol Hill and cited the president’s decision to rely on the counsel of his advisers as proof of his “strong” leadership.

“President Trump made the right decision at the right time to accept the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and the attorney general to ask for the termination” of Comey, Pence said.

But that wasn’t true.

Trump told NBC news in an interview a day later that he had not relied on the lengthy letter written by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein to make his decision, but rather that his mind had been made up before the letter existed.

Pence also had insisted that Trump’s decision was not influenced by his disapproval of the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia — again contradicted by Trump in the NBC interview.