Ted Lieu Points Out Mike Pence’s 2016 Comments Contradict His Boss’s Actions
Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democratic member of Congress from California, shared a tweet on Friday that demonstrated Vice President Mike Pence, in 2016, held contrarian views to his current boss, President Donald Trump, on the issue of involving foreign nations in our elections.
In the video, which was initially shared in a tweet by MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin, Pence, speaking during the 2016 vice presidential debate, went on the record voicing detestation toward foreign powers playing a part in U.S. elections.
“This is basic stuff,” Pence said in the debate. “Foreign donors — and certainly foreign governments — cannot participate in the American political process.”
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) October 4, 2019
Lieu, in his tweet promoting the video shared by Griffin, asked Pence, tagging his @VP Twitter account, whether he still held the views he once expressed in 2016. “Dear @VP Mike Pence: Do you agree with yourself?” the lawmaker asked.
The resurfaced comments from Pence come about after an impeachment inquiry was opened last week regarding President Donald Trump’s efforts to get the president of Ukraine to open an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in that nation. Some have alleged Trump tried to coerce Ukraine to do so by withholding military aid as well.
Also this week, Trump publicly asked for China to investigate the Bidens, the New York Times reported.
Many view Trump’s actions as abusing his office for political gain, especially since the allegations he’s made against the Bidens have long been debunked.
On Thursday, the former envoy to Ukraine shared even more damning evidence about allegations regarding Trump’s actions. Kurt Volker’s text message, sent to an aide to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, seem to demonstrate that the administration’s message to Kyiv was crystal clear: if they wanted a sit-down meeting between the two leaders, action against the Bidens was a prerequisite.
“heard from White House — assuming President Z convinces trump he will investigate / ‘get to the bottom of what happened’ in 2016, we will nail down date for visit to Washington,” Volker’s text message read.