Toxic narcissist Donald Trump blames his former vice president and attorney general for failing to overturn his election loss, because nothing can ever be his fault.
Some of the twice-impeached Florida Retiree’s supporters despise Mike Pence because he didn’t stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s election win, which he didn’t have the power to do at all, but Trump supporters believe everything Dear Leader says, and that’s why they were chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” as they marauded through the halls of the Capitol on January 6th.In the new book, “I Alone Can Fix It,” authors Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker reveal that Trump shares their disdain for his running mate:
“Had Mike Pence had the courage to send it back to the legislatures, you would have had a different outcome, in my opinion,” Trump said. “I think that the vice president of the United States must protect the Constitution of the United States. I don’t believe he’s just supposed to be a statue who gets these votes from the states and immediately hands them over. If you see fraud, then I believe you have an obligation to do one of a number of things.”
The Former Guy loves to rewrite history, and he tried it and failed with Mike Pence. The book goes on to describe the moment where Trump called on Pence to “be like Thomas Jefferson”, spinning a yarn that could wrap the White House a thousand times over:
“Thomas Jefferson was in the exact same position, but only one state, the state of Georgia,” Trump claimed. “Did you know that? It’s true. ‘Hear ye, hear ye . . .’ — was much more elegant in those days. It was, ‘Hear ye, hear ye, the great state of Georgia is unable to accurately count its votes.’ Thomas Jefferson said, ‘Are you sure?’ They said, ‘Yes, we are sure.’ ‘Then we will take the votes from the great state of Georgia.’ He took them for him and the president.”
EXCERPT —> Inside Trump’s feverish mind. @CarolLeonnig and my 2.5 hour Mar-a-Lago sit-down for I ALONE CAN FIX IT.
Trump takes on Pence, McConnell, Barr. Claims he’d beat Washington-Lincoln ticket. Still spreads conspiracies. Plus Laura Ingraham cameo.https://t.co/B5ynf79rli
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) July 19, 2021
That claim is based on a 2004 article by two constitutional law scholars that noted an irregularity in the 1800 election’s vote count from Georgia, which submitted its ballots in a slightly different format than the other 15 states at the time, and not even legislators from the rival Federalist party objected to Jefferson claiming those four electoral votes.
“So I said, ‘Mike, you can be Thomas Jefferson or you can be Mike Pence,'” Trump continued. “What happened is, I had a very good relationship with Mike Pence — very good — but when you are handed these votes and before you even start about the individual corruptions, the people, the this, the that, all the different things that took place, when you are handed these votes…right there you should have sent them back to the legislatures.”
Trump later told reporters he was disappointed in his vice president, who he said should have allowed state legislatures to overrule the will of their voters.
Pence sold himself out to Donald Trump, and now he is getting what he deserves by seeing his political career ruined, and in the eyes of some Republicans, the white evangelical panderer is the anti-Christ.https://t.co/HNI3XmuAbL via @politicususa
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) July 19, 2021
Read the full excerpt via Vanity Fair.