Mckay Coppins says that in Pence, Trump has found an obedient deputy whose willingness to suffer indignity and humiliation at the pleasure of the president appears boundless.
When Trump comes under fire for describing white nationalists as “very fine people,” Pence is there to assure the world that he is actually a man of great decency. When Trump needs someone to fly across the country to an NFL game so he can walk out in protest of national-anthem kneelers, Pence heads for Air Force Two.
According to Coppins, even some of Trump’s most devoted loyalists marvelled at what Pence was willing to say. There was no talking point too preposterous, no fixed reality too plain to deny—if they needed Pence to defend the boss, he was in.
Coppins says that when The Washington Post published the Access Hollywood tape that showed Trump gloating about his penchant for grabbing women “by the pussy,” Republicans across the country withdrew their endorsements, and conservative editorial boards called on Trump to drop out of the race. Most alarming to the aides and operatives inside Trump Tower, Mike Pence suddenly seemed at risk of going rogue.
According to Coppins, it’s been reported that Pence sent Trump a letter saying he needed time to decide whether he could stay with the campaign. But in fact, within hours of The Post’s bombshell, Pence made it clear to the Republican National Committee that he was ready to take Trump’s place as the party’s nominee. Such a move just four weeks before Election Day would have been unprecedented.
Coppin says that Republican donors and party leaders began buzzing about making Pence the nominee and drafting Condoleezza Rice as his running mate.
Amid the chaos, Trump convened a damage assessment meeting with his top advisers. Priebus told Trump he could either drop out immediately or lose in a historic landslide. Priebus added that Pence and Rice were “ready to step in.”
The New York Times reported last summer that Pence appeared to be laying the groundwork for a 2020 presidential bid, he denied the “disgraceful and offensive” story.
Coppin says that one senior GOP Senate aide told him that it’s not a matter of when Republicans are ready to turn on Trump, but it’s about when they decide they’re ready for President Pence.”
Coppin explains that Pence’s fundamentalist faith and comparative political savvy would make him an even more “dangerous” president than Trump. He has been branded a “theocrat” and a “Christian supremacist.”
The Article is very detailed because Mckey Coppins spoke to many “insiders”. If Pence will indeed participate in 2020 elections and wins, it means that Donald Trump is not yet the bottom.
Considering that for the Republican Party politics is first and the country is whatever, Michael Pence is perfect.
It seems that 2020 elections might be the point of no return for the United States.