Former Vice President Mike Pence sure is playing a puzzling game when it comes for Former President Donald Trump, otherwise known as the president who put Pence’s name firmly on the political map.
Had Pence not been Trump’s running mate, odds are high he might not have considered a 2024 presidential run.
The same analogy could easily apply to hapless Biden, who is continuing to “finish the job” of the former Obama regime.
Speaking of the deadly Biden-Obama duo, it appears that Pence is walking a tightrope between distinguishing himself from his former running mate while also emphasizing the wanton destruction that has occurred under Biden, and will continue to occur under Biden, should he actually manage to become the “leader” again in 2024.
The most compromised foreign leader in history.
Hence, Pence’s confusing actions.
On one hand, Pence will allocate some of his commentary to a careful defense of Trump, all while ensuring that he does not speak too glowingly about him.
During a recent appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd, Pence certainly executed certain reserve with regards to his former running mate, though he stopped short of outright criticism.
“You’ve read this indictment. If the allegations are true, and it’s proven in a court of law, do you think the former president should be convicted?” Todd inquired.
Tellingly, Pence did not make any remark on whether or not Trump should be convicted – instead, he deflected by criticizing Biden.
“Well first, let me begin with the news in our life, Chuck. I think this country is in a lot of trouble. I think that President Biden has weakened this country at home and abroad. Virtually every crisis we are facing in this country both at home and abroad has been literally a result of the decisions made by this president,” Pence proclaimed.
Well, those points are all very well and true.
Alas, an astute listener would recognize that Pence clearly dodged a defense of Trump as well.
The host certainly noticed, which is precisely why he pressed Biden again, chiefly as to whether or not he believes that Trump should be convicted.
“Please address it. Do you think if the allegations are true that he deserves to be convicted?” Todd inquired crisply.
“Well first, in moments like this I think it’s important for leaders in this country… to return to first principles. The first principle is that no one is above the law. The second principle is that everyone is entitled to a presumption of innocence … I’ve read the indictment in detail, and the allegations in the indictment are serious, and I can’t defend what is alleged. But the former president deserves his day in court. He deserves the opportunity to make his defense in a court of law. So I want to reserve judgment about this,” Pence replied.
Well, that’s nice. It’s good to know that Pence believes Trump “deserves his day in court.”
He clearly does not want to offer much support beyond that assertion, however.
Indeed, the battle between Pence and Trump is hardly as rancorous as the currently explosive exchange between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Trump.
Nonetheless, the battle is evident, albeit stealthier.
For instance, isn’t it strange that, at the exact same time that Pence claims Trump is entitled to a “fair trial,” a former Pence aid just happens to criticize Trump for his alleged “11th hour pardon” of convicted drug traffickers?
Curiously timed media stories, to say the least …
Pence himself didn’t emphasize Trump’s allegedly questionable actions, but one of his former aides certainly did.
A strange coincidence, indeed … but is there such a thing as coincidence in politics?
Author: Ofelia Thornton