Gov. Mike Pence was supposed to be the man who saved the Republican Party, but on Friday morning he may have set the wheels in motion for the GOP’s destruction.
Video from CBS This Morning:
Pence had a dual strategy. He dodged questions about allegations of Trump sexual assault by trying use the bogus Russian Wikileaks emails while avoiding any serious questions about Trump’s behavior. Pence avoided questions about Trump’s behavior and language.
Gov. Pence was asked about First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech, and he said, “Well, look. I have a lot of respect for the First Lady and the job she has done for the country over the last seven and a half years, but I don’t understand the basis of her claim.”
When asked by CBS’s Norah O’Donnell if Trump’s language was sexually predatory, “No, I already spoke about my concerns about the language he used in that eleven-year-old video. But what he’s made it clear is that was talk, regrettable talk on his part, but that there were no actions, and he’s categorically denied these latest unsubstantiated allegations.”
In what sounded at times like a hostage interview, Pence almost verbatim repeated Trump’s defense of his bragging about sexual assault, and denial of allegations of sexual assault.
Gov. Pence’s claim that all of the Trump accusers are lying and that Trump’s character is beyond reproach not only put his own credibility on the line but also the future of the Republican Party.
Pence was the chosen candidate of the Republican establishment. If Pence goes down with Trump, the Republican Party goes down with Trump. Pence is viewed as the bridge between Trump and the GOP, and the bridge has now expanded the allegations of sexual assault from a Trump problem to a Republican Party problem.
Ironically, the man who was added to the Trump ticket to normalize Trump with his party has lit the fuse that could blow up on the GOP.