The marriage of Donald Trump and Mike Pence has always been a strange one. The devoutly religious Vice President reportedly considered leaving the ticket when the Access Hollywood tape was released months before the 2016 election. Still, the two men have found a way to work together.
With the current impeachment inquiry raging in Washington DC, it has been expected that if the President were to resign or be removed, Pence would replace him. At least one Democratic lawmaker, however, doesn’t expect that to happen. Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth went as far as saying that he guarantees Republicans wouldn’t replace Trump with Pence.
Yarmuth made the comments during a Monday interview with CNN. He said, “I do think its the right thing to do to remove him from office—I believe he is an imminent danger to this country and to our democracy but I was saying the political consequences of that might not be very good for Democrats.”
The Kentucky lawmaker, though, believes that Pence would have a popularity problem with Republican voters. He continued, “”If we remove him from office, I will guarantee you the Republican Party would not nominate Mike Pence to succeed him.”
Yarmuth then explained, “They would nominate someone like [former UN ambassador] Nikki Haley who would be much more difficult for a Democrat to defeat. But again, I don’t think this is about politics and I don’t think we should consider politics. I just think it could be bad politics.”
Watch a clip of the interview below:
John Yarmuth: "Politically it’s probably not a good thing to get rid of [Trump]. I don’t think the Republicans would nominate Mike Pence. I think they would nominate somebody like Nikki Haley. Somebody who would be very, very tough for a Democrat to beat." https://t.co/24qNZJR7TH pic.twitter.com/QZVQK0pKlf
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.