Vice President Mike Pence seems content to wait in the shadows as Donald Trump rips our democracy up by its roots, presumably in the hopes that when the current president inevitably flames out and the dust settles he’ll be left standing to ascend to the country’s highest office. It’s a deeply cynical man that would be capable of such calculated cowardice, but courage is a virtue the Republican Party no longer recognizes.
While Pence and his wife Second Lady Karen Pence continue to support Trump vocally at times and more frequently by simply choosing to not speak out against him, it appears they have very little love for the man who swept them into power. It also appears their alliance with the avowed sexual predator hasn’t exactly strengthened the marriage between the two deeply religious Pences.
According to an excerpt from Michael Lewis’s upcoming book The Fifth Risk, obtained by The Guardian, Karen Pence rebuffed a kiss from her husband after Trump’s victory was announced on election night. Clearly, she had been hoping that the Trump team circus, with her and Mike Pence at the nucleus of it, was going to end with a Hillary Clinton win.
The first words she spoke to him after finding out he was soon to be the second most powerful person in the country appear to have been dripping with bitterness.
“You got what you wanted Mike. Now leave me alone,” she said.
Karen Prence then refused to so much as greet Trump, who was meanwhile entranced by the television. Lewis describes him as looking like “a man with a pair of twos whose bluff has been called.” His acceptance speech hadn’t been prepared because no one expected him to win.
What Lewis describes is an inner circle which was floored by its own electoral victory. Karen Pence’s immediate, negative reaction to the news shows that many of them were secretly hoping for their own defeat. Instead, they’ve seized the reins of government and promptly driven us collectively off a cliff.
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— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) September 27, 2018