The Rift Between Donald Trump And His Vice President Mike Pence

Mike Pence and Donald Trump, on November 4, 2020 at the White House afp_tickers This content was published on 10 January 2021 – 20:28 10 January 2021 – 20:28 (AFP)

The assault on the United States Capitol enshrined the rupture between Donald Trump and his faithful Vice President Mike Pence, who plans to attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and aims to facilitate the transition between the two administrations.

Trump announced that he will not attend the inauguration ceremony of whoever defeated him in the elections, but Pence has already made it known that he will be present.

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While the outgoing vice president’s attendance is not a surprise – and Biden said it will be “welcome” – it is a sign of the rift that separates Trump from his right arm since Wednesday’s certification of the Democrat’s election victory.

Trump and Pence have not spoken, according to the press, since that day when a mob of supporters of the president stormed Congress in an action that left five dead and shocked the United States and the world.

– ‘Hang Mike Pence –

“One of the most loyal to Donald Trump is now the number one public enemy in the universe” of the president, summarized the Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger on ABC on Sunday.

Despite pressure from Trump, Pence announced Wednesday that he would not oppose the validation in Congress of the results of the presidential election, unleashing the fury of the president and his supporters.

“Mike Pence did not have the courage to do what he would have had to do to protect our country and our Constitution,” Trump tweeted as his supporters stormed the Capitol.

Videos posted on social media show several of them singing “Hang Mike Pence” outside the Capitol. Other militants walked the halls of the temple of American democracy shouting that the vice president was a “coward,” according to The New York Times.

During that chaos, the vice president was entrenched in a Capitol bunker with his family. Trump did not call to inquire about his safety, according to NBC.

– Faithful support –

Impassive and discreet, Pence is considered one of Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters.

He has not yet responded to the requests of many parliamentarians who have urged him to activate the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which allows the removal of a president deemed “unfit” to exercise his functions.

Before attacking him, the followers of the Republican president used to praise his loyalty, while his critics denounced his adulation to the president.

“He is solid as a rock. He was a fantastic vice president,” Donald Trump said of him last summer.

Pence, 61, was for four years a quiet presence amid storm Trump.

Appointed at the head of the crisis unit on the coronavirus in March, throughout the year he addressed the issue with measured statements, far from the president’s outbursts, assumptions and provocations. Although always careful not to contradict him.

Mike Pence and Donald Trump weren’t particularly close before he appointed him as a roster partner in 2016.

Trump would have even considered switching electoral partners, but preferred to ultimately gamble on Pence’s close ties with mostly elderly white Christian voters, who ended up playing a key role in the duo’s victory in 2016.

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