As we are in the midst of impeachment, the Democrats still have one problem: Mike Pence. Obviously, the Democrats are committed to impeaching President Trump in the House. They have the majority vote needed to impeach him. Conviction in the Senate is another story as we all know.
So the question now is, how far out have Democrats considered the Trump impeachment? Once you impeach President Trump, Mike Pence becomes President and is most likely an even more polarizing figure than Trump. Sure, he does not have the large personality of Trump, but his religious convictions are not appealing to Democrats. Specifically, his religious views offend Democrats like Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Pence has also been called a homophobic bigot, a racist and many of the same terms as Trump. He has had attacks hurled his way by Mayor Pete Buttigieg and others as part of the 2020 race. Why would you want to impeach President Trump in order to put Pence into the White House?
In an opinion piece at Newsweek, Greg Olear tackles the Pence problem. Olear suggests that Pence knew everything that Trump was doing. In the article, Olear states that Pence has been complicit with President Trump’s actions in Ukraine. He uses a line from the article to promote his piece on Twitter talking about a getaway car driver.
The issue is that we do not know what Pence knew. Pence had conversations according to President Trump, but Pence appears to have no reason to be involved. Why should he? President Trump is the leader of the party and the country. Pence plays an important role and has not crossed the President. He has defended him. Pence would most likely have stepped back if there was an issue.
Yet, Pence has not stepped back. He has continued to support the President throughout his statements and actions. So there’s a couple things that both Olear and the rest of the media ignore as part of this investigation. First of all, no one seems to be concerned with the actions of Joe Biden. It appears more likely that Joe Biden did withhold funds to gain a benefit for his son, but that’s not the focus. The Democrats have no desire to go after a candidate in the 2020 race. If Biden committed this crime, he should not be running for President. But you will not hear that from the media.
Secondly, Olear and the rest of the media assume guilt of the President until they can prove it. They do not mind working off assumptions and fairy tales. It’s like they all sat around a camp fire listening to Adam Schiff tell them a Trump ghost story to scare them. If there is evidence, bring it forward. Until then, it’s nothing but stories and made up assumptions in order to attempt to bring down this President.
So lets think about this. Suppose that Democrats are successful in bringing down President Trump. Let’s suppose they do find evidence that he committed a crime and the Senate convicts. Pence would assume the Presidency and the left will continue with their all out assault on Republicans and conservatives who disagree with them.
Impeaching President Trump will do nothing to help the Democrats cause. It will drive the divide deeper into American society. The American people see through this political game. Congressional disapproval is higher than that of President Trump. A recent poll has Trump’s disapproval at 51% while Congress sits at a dismal 64%. The same poll continues that Americans believe the goal of Democrats is to simply bring down Trump.
As we watch the impeachment story unfold, I would not forget about the Mike Pence problem. Democrats have to figure out what to do or how to handle him if successful. I do not expect the Democrats will be successful and I expect this to further divide and polarize politics in the United States. Until then, I think I will just grab me some snacks and wait on the next Schiff fairy tale.
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