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Gaslighting the Vice President (Or, Why Trump Doesn’t Want to Be Mike Pence’s Friend, Anyway)
jason reuven kropsky
Jun 20, 2022
Location: Washington, D.C.
Summary
Televised hearings on the January 6 insurrection reveal that Trump’s attacks on former vice president Mike Pence cut deep.
There were two options: either the peaceful transfer of power through certification of the electoral college vote by the Vice President of the United States or “revolution within a constitutional crisis,” according to retired federal Judge J. Michael Luttig, a Republican, testifying on June 16th before a bipartisan congressional panel investigating the January 6th, 2021 attacks on the U.S. Capitol.

The degree to which Donald Trump remains responsible for faithless, disloyal treachery to his oath of office is the point at issue. Driven by childhood insecurities and the tawdry televangelist’s touch, Trump’s narcissism is certainly one explanatory factor for why he indeed saw fit to sow so much disinformation around the 2020 elections. But what has become most apparent in these vexing times is the heroic (or shall we say, legal) role played by Trump’s Robin.

In the archetypal case study of democracy teetering, Vice President Pence has fulfilled his oath by endorsing election results which helped shepherd Biden into office. Even Lindsay Graham, one of the Democrats’ most ardent opponents and a Trump loyalist, recently admitted in a Fox-sponsored debate with Bernie Sanders that Biden is the president. Yet poll after poll confirms that 70% of registered Republicans still do not believe that he is the legitimate winner of the last presidential election.
 
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Gaslighting the Vice President (Or, Why Trump Doesn’t Want to Be Mike Pence’s Friend, Anyway) by Jason Reuven Kropsky
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