Former Pence Aide Olivia Troye: “Does He Have a Death Wish?”

Olivia Troye, who worked as homeland security, counterterrorism, and coronavirus adviser to former Vice President Mike Pence for two years, has penned an op-ed in The Bulwark, asking, “Does Mike Pence have a death wish?” Troye has been an outspoken and public critic of her former boss, often appearing on MSNBC to speak to his possible mindset during the siege on the Capitol on January 6th where insurrectionists specifically targeted him.

In her piece, Troye cites a recent op-ed of his own that Pence published in the Daily Signal, where he supported The Big Lie of Donald Trump’s voter fraud conspiracy theories — “the exact lies and conspiracy theories that motivated his would-be murderers,” Troye writes.

Mike Pence holds Trump rally, a full months after the election.
[Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images]
According to Troye, Pence never actually states the “clear implication” of his op-ed, instead, “he wallows in the vagaries of ‘significant voting irregularities’ and ‘integrity,’ surely knowing that the people who believe the Big Lie about the election will assume he’s talking about how Hugo Chávez and Dominion conspired to overturn a landslide victory.”

“Not two months have passed since an armed, violent mob stormed the Capitol chanting ‘hang Mike Pence,’ erected a gallows, and forced the Secret Service to rush the then-vice president to safety, all because he had refused to overturn the 2020 election,” Troye writes.

Troye isn’t alone in criticizing Pence’s apparently reversal to remain in Trump’s good graces. CNN anchor Don Lemon also wrote a blistering commentary directed at Pence, asking rhetorically, “Have you not debased yourself enough?”


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