Former Vice-President Mike Pence managed to crawl out from under his rock to make a bit of news on Friday. He gave a speech to the ultra-rightist Federalist Society during which he made his first feeble foray into finding fault with his former boss, Donald Trump.
Taking a break from his typical Trump-fluffing, Pence ventured into the subject of his role during the January 6th insurrection. That role was solely to carry out the constitutionally mandated certification of the Electoral College votes for president by Congress. But in his remarks to the Federalists, he responded to Trump’s ludicrous assertions that he was empowered to overturn the election. Pence made a surprising departure from the Trump Cult Doctrine that the deadly riots were peaceful protests and Trump’s claim that he could halt the proceedings. Pence said that…
“Trump is wrong. I had no right to overturn the election. The presidency belongs to the American people and the American people alone. And frankly, there is no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president. Under the Constitution I had no right to change the outcome of our election.”
"President Trump is wrong. I had no right to overturn the election," said a defiant @Mike_Pence. pic.twitter.com/dfTMXCNpvQ
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) February 4, 2022
That’s a pretty emphatic repudiation of Trump’s self-serving, nonsensical blathering on the subject. Not that Pence deserves much credit for this unexpected eruption of honesty, considering it took him more than a year to deliver it. Still, calling Trump “wrong” and “un-America” was more than what most Republicans have mustered the courage to do.
Predictably, Trump was perturbed by Pence expressing any opinion that differed from his own. So he lashed out on Twitter (via his Twitter ban defying spokes-shill) to castigate his former number two saying that…
“Just saw Mike Pence’s statement on the fact that he had no right to do anything with respect to the Electoral Vote Count, other than being an automatic conveyor belt for the Old Crow Mitch McConnell to get Biden elected President as quickly as possible. Well, the Vice President’s position is not an automatic conveyor if obvious signs of voter fraud or irregularities exist.”
Trump spat out a twofer there, also snarling about Republican Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell. It’s puzzling that Trump thinks his infantile characterization of McConnell as an “Old Crow” is some sort of epic burn. First of all, Trump is almost as old as McConnell. And crows are considered to be intelligent and cunning. Trump might have been better off calling him an old turkey. But that’s more descriptive of Trump than McConnell.
More to the point, it’s preposterous that McConnell had any desire to hurry the election of President Biden. McConnell is a rock-ribbed conservative who has been an obstacle to all things Democratic for decades. Undeterred, Trump went on to repeat his ignorant misinterpretation of the law governing the certification process. He still thinks that Pence could have scuttled Biden’s election, and has the delusional impression that he “was right and everyone knows it.” Also, there are no “signs of voter fraud or irregularities,” obvious or otherwise. And everyone but Trump and his sycophants know it.
Ironically, Trump has become the most destructive critic of the Republican Party. He has called for GOP incumbents to be primaried. Particularly those who seek the truth about his role in plotting the insurrection, such as Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger. It is likely that the GOP’s censure of them was at Trump’s behest. That’s evident in the language used, calling out Cheney and Kinzinger for “engag[ing] in a Democrat-led persecution of ordinary citizens who engaged in legitimate political discourse.” That’s what the GOP thinks took place on January 6th when the StormTrumpers violently invaded Congress and injured more than 140 police officers.
Yet somehow, the press reports that Democrats are in disarray because two small-state senators out of fifty have broken an otherwise unified party.
So who will Trump’s Republican Party censure next? Mike Pence? Mitt Romney? George Bush? Mitch McConnell? Lindsey Graham? They are a small but significant contingent of the Party’s most prominent names. However, most of the Party is still supporting Trump. And therefore, they also support violent insurrection and Trump’s “Big Lie” that the election was “rigged” and “stolen” from him. But most of all they must support the sentiment with which Trump closed his anti-Pence tweet, saying that “our Country is going to hell!” Which is just Trump, once again, revealing his own agenda America’s future.
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20 thoughts on “Trump’s Deranged Response to Mike Pence Sends the Republican Party Skidding Into Disarray”
Y’know what’s interesting here? ‘Just saw Mike Pence’s statement on the FACT…’ He isn’t saying Pence is lying in the statement, ‘I had no right to overturn the election…’
Exactly! I caught that too. In a moment of lucidity perhaps, Trump calling the fact, a fact, suggests that he does know the truth… but refuses to accept it as such.
There will never come a day that he ever acknowledges losing that election. His narcissistic head would explode!
I reckon his brain would just snap and he’d be a vegetable for the rest of his life. And a fiver sez neither Melanoma or the kids would look after him.
Sounds like Trump is slowly losing his grip on some members of the Republican party and he doesn’t like it one bit. His frail ego won’t allow him to admit that he lost the election, he’s going further and further down the rabbit hole with no way out. The farther down he goes the more dangerous he’s becoming. He’ll destroy America and democracy to get his way. We’d all be better off if he gets indicted, prosecuted, incarcerated or better yet, deported.
Ooohhh! I vote for deported! Far, far away & never, ever allowed on these shores again!
We’ve never before had an ex-prez who truly would destroy this entire Country & democracy too, without a 2nd thought. Trump got great joy while watching Jan. 6th play out live on TV. The fact that he got all those people to go commit such violence “for him” made him giddy with delight! That’s why it took over 3hrs to get him to even record video asking them to go home.
Very dangerous & evil human!!!
All the damages from the Jan. 6 riots on the Capital are estimate d to be more than 30 million. And the cause of it all dares to say “our country is going to hell”?? It won’t if, as you you post, Trump “gets indicted, prosecuted, incarcerated, or better yet, deported.”
As long as you don’t deport him to Australia, we stopped being a dumping ground for felons 170 years ago. Maybe the Arctic Circle, he can whine to the penguins.
Awww… Pity the penguins!! What do you have against penguins?
I think we should tell him there’s a “yuuuge” surprise party & rally by his supporters, for him on the Moon tonight (but shhh – it’s a secret). They’re bringing the biggest Trump flag ever, for him to be 1st to ‘plant’ it on the moon ~ “on the bright side we can see from Earth – not the dark side”. LOL “Tons of photos!”
Then we strap him in & ” Blast off!”
…And we all go home, knowing the world is a safer place tonight. The end.
Yeah, fair do’s, the penguins don’t deserve that, not even the tricksy Penguins of Madagascar.
I really really really like your plan, Sunny B. I mean I really like it a lot…how about programming that rocket just to go until it runs out of fuel…? Ain’t I naughty?
Naughty? No. I love it! Naughty is me wanting on board camera, to transmit the looks on his face as fuel runs out & he realizes what that means for him!
I’d pay to see that – world wide coverage! ROFLMAO!!! ?????
Not takin’ that bet… They’d forget where he was even being kept & go merrily on their way ~ skipping along & humming a tune!
…and occasionally looking puzzled and saying, “Who? Don WHO?” ???
Me too!!! LMAO!! ?
The Federalist Society is a terrorist organization. CALL them what they are. They probably won’t like that, but you know what, tough fcking s*it. STOP dumping on this country, STOP preventing the country from going forward, they might not get called that.
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