Mike Pence is scared of Donald Trump. The reasons for this fear are murky, but the assumption is that any remaining Trump faithful are being kept there not from pure loyalty and adoration, but the worry over something very personal being released to the public. Trump loves nothing more than holding things over other peoples’ heads to get what he wants, that’s Bullying 101. And Trump also enjoys using the media and his personal Twitter to deploy his vitriol, because it’s not fun for him to torment anyone unless everyone else can see him doing it.
Trump is furious at Pence and other top White House officials who aren’t joining his futile attempts to overturn the 2020 election, Axios reported Tuesday, citing multiple top officials. The news outlet said Trump was “turning bitterly on virtually every person around him” who he believes is not supporting him, saying that those who are not fighting in his corner are, in Axios’ words, “weak, stupid or disloyal” and “beneath contempt.”Trump has complained about Pence and recently brought up an ad by the Lincoln Project that said the outgoing vice president was “backing away” from him in an attempt to distance himself from Trump’s impending legal issues in New York.
Pence isn’t the only one looking to abandon the sinking Trumptanic. Top White House aides have for weeks been trying to distance themselves from Trump and his fruitless election lawsuits, according to multiple reports. Trump is also apparently unhappy with Mark Meadows, his chief of staff; Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, none of whom are participating in his attempts to overturn the election.
Trump, in his final days, is turning bitterly on virtually every person around him, griping about anyone who refuses to indulge conspiracy theories or hopeless bids to overturn the election, several top officials tell Axios.https://t.co/prRsD6TELJ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 22, 2020
But Pence might be doing an about-face. During a public appearance in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Tuesday soon after Axios broke the story, Pence said the fight to overturn the election isn’t over, citing the Georgia Senate runoff elections as their chance to hold the Republican Senate majority and therefore perhaps block the certification of the 306 Electoral College votes for President-Elect Joe Biden that were legally and legitimately cast on December 14th.
Vice President @Mike_Pence says "Come Jan. 5th, we are going to hold the line in the Senate and reelect a Republican majority, as our election continues we are going to keep fighting until every legal vote is counted and every illegal vote is thrown out." https://t.co/VlT7z8drtO pic.twitter.com/nact7rtvcP
— Newsmax (@newsmax) December 22, 2020
“Stay in the fight for election integrity,” Pence told the crowd.
Congress is set to accept the certified Electoral College votes on January 6, 2021, one day after the Georgia Senate runoffs.