Pence has kept pretty much in the background in the Trump administration. Now we know why. He was a tool of the Deep State.
There were early signs of trouble, though, that most of us brushed off.
After texts from FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page emerged in which they spoke about infiltrating the Trump administration, it appeared that Pence’s chief of staff, Josh Pitcock, was viewed as a spy. The texts referenced whether they could get “Katie’s” husband to “develop for potential relationships” for them on the transition team after the election.
Katie was allegedly Katherine Seaman, Pitcock’s wife and an FBI employee. Hmm.
And how about the Michael Flynn affair? It was Pence who said Flynn had lied to him about the call to Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. At first, Pence supported Flynn. Then, CBS’ Margaret Brennan asked him whether he knew Flynn had lied to the FBI by the time he was fired.
“What I can tell you is I knew that he lied to me,” Pence replied, “and I know the president made the right decision with regard to him.”
In hindsight, this seems pretty significant. Flynn knew all the secrets of the Deep State. Someone had to get rid of him.
Remember when Pence was the governor of Indiana? He got a lot of kudos for signing RFRA. That is, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that would would have allowed any individual or corporation to cite religious beliefs as a defense when sued by a private party. It came as blowback from the Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, then was sued and harassed into almost losing his business.
At the time, Pence got a lot of credit from religious freedom advocates. But then, he backtracked after businesses threatened not to come to Indiana and canceled plans to expand there. He quickly melted and signed a revised act that just bars a business from denying services to someone on the basis of categories that include sexual orientation and gender identity. Not the same.
We probably should have known then that Pence was not a man for all seasons.
Neither did he act much after the election. After the fraud was revealed, people kept asking where’s Pence? Why isn’t he defending Trump? Some of us supposed that he was working on revealing fraud. Now we know he was working against us.
What about Louie Gohmert’s suit against Pence? He led a group of Republicans in suing Pence in order to empower Pence to overturn the Electoral College vote in favor of Joe Biden and give President Donald Trump a second term. Gohmert’s lawsuit asks the court to strike down the 1887 Electoral Count Act as unconstitutional, enabling Pence to select which slate of electors he will count from each state.
A judge tossed it at Pence’s request.
Then there were comments by attorney Lin Wood and CEO Patrick Byrne. They warned us that Pence was not to be trusted. A “traitor” Wood said. Wood wrote, “Tough way to start day, but TRUTH is TRUTH. I do NOT trust VP Mike Pence. He is wolf in sheep’s clothing. Pence is only focused on himself & 2024. He does not support President Trump. Let Pence hear your voices & read your words. If he does not support Trump, his career is over. Warn him.”
And, Wood correctly said, “A man of God would NEVER certify a lie.”
Byrne added, that Trump was “terribly served by his advisers. The White House legal team seem like scheming mediocrities worrying about not getting invited to the right parties unless they convince Trump to concede. Surrender-monkeys.”
This is how he repaid Trump for lifting him out of his mediocre governorship to the second highest job in the land.
May we not see him again.