Monday, September 23, 2019

Seems a Little Awkward

You know, seeing this nice message supporting Trump/Pence 2020 from Karen Pence can't help but make me think of this exchange that is supposed to have taken place on election night:

Vice President Mike Pence tried to kiss his wife, Karen Pence, in the minutes after Donald Trump won the presidential election in November 2016, but she reportedly turned away from him and said: "You got what you wanted, Mike. Now leave me alone."

Meanwhile, Karen Pence "wouldn't so much as say hello to Trump," Michael Lewis, the author of "Moneyball" and "The Big Short," wrote in a Guardian long read based on several interviews with Trump insiders and published Thursday.

Has Trump made a believer out of her? Or is this the sort of thing one ends up doing when you want to make sure your man stays on the ticket? Trump and Pence do seem to have an awkward relationship.

I think letting Pence know he could be replaced is some kind of a leverage thing to make him show Trump just how loyal he can be. Some of the little stunts, like storming out of a football game over kneeling displays, staying at a little out-of-the way place Trump happens to own at taxpayer expense, and vice-signaling by bringing a motorcade to Mackinac Island could be suck-up things Pence would do anyway.

But I don't know--do you think Trump also asks for a little more? I would not be surprised.

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