If you watch any cable news programs other than Fox, you’re probably hearing a lot about the possibility Donald Trump will not make it through his first presidential term. If Trump is forced out of office, Vice President Mike Pence would take over as POTUS, and it seems he’s ready for the job.
The New York Times reported Monday that Pence is “unsettling a group of Trump’s fierce loyalists who fear they are forging a separate power base.”
From the Times: “Republican officials now see Mr. Pence as seeking to exercise expansive control over a political party ostensibly helmed by Mr. Trump, tending to his own allies and interests even when the president’s instincts lean in another direction. Even as he laces his public remarks with praise for the president, Mr. Pence and his influential chief of staff, Nick Ayers, are unsettling a group of Mr. Trump’s fierce loyalists who fear they are forging a separate power base.”
This news comes on the heels of harsh words for Pence from two prominent conservatives: longtime conservative commentator George Will and conservative strategist Steve Schmidt—who is best known for his role as John McCain’s campaign manager in the 2008 presidential election.
Last week both Will and Schmidt tore into the vice president, and both used colorful and damning adjectives to describe Pence’s behavior toward Trump.
Will wrote an article for the Washington Post titled “Trump Is No Longer The Worst Person In Government,” in which he rips Pence a new one, saying, “Donald Trump, with his feral cunning, knew. The oleaginous Mike Pence, with his talent for toadyism and appetite for obsequiousness, could, Trump knew, become America’s most repulsive public figure. And Pence, who has reached this pinnacle by dethroning his benefactor, is augmenting the public stock of useful knowledge. Because his is the authentic voice of today’s lickspittle Republican Party, he clarifies this year’s elections: Vote Republican to ratify groveling as governing.”
Will also tore into Pence for his comments on Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ‘Noting that Arpaio was in his Tempe audience, Pence, oozing unctuousness from every pore, called Arpaio ‘another favorite,’ professed himself ‘honored’ by Arpaio’s presence, and praised him as ‘tireless champion of . . . the rule of law.’ Arpaio, a grandstanding, camera-chasing bully and darling of the thuggish right, is also a criminal, convicted of contempt of court for ignoring a federal judge’s order to desist from certain illegal law enforcement practices. Pence’s performance occurred eight miles from the home of Sen. John McCain, who could teach Pence — or perhaps not — something about honor.”
On an MSNBC panel last week, Steve Schmidt unleashed an epic takedown of Pence calling him a “titanic fraud,” and that he shows “slobbering servility” toward Trump.
Schmidt added, “We’ve listened to this guy for many, many years in this country on his moral high horse. Assaulting the dignity of gay people across the board. His moral preening is famous throughout the land.
“He is the most obsequious of all of Trump’s cultists in the cabinet. We have never seen such slobbering servility by a high government official in this country than we do with Mike Pence and Donald Trump. It is amazing.”
Some are wondering if Pence’s “slobbering servility” toward the president stems from a desire to appear loyal as he tries to steal the power away from the Trump.