Photo above is a screenshot from a touching moment during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July 2016, when then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump recognized his running mate, Mike Pence, and Pence stood up to give Trump a salute.
Vice President Pence’s team has responded to a shocking article in the upcoming edition of The Atlantic, which alleged that Pence was ready to take the top GOP spot on the 2016 presidential ballot after a scandalous tape rocked the campaign. According to Pence, the report is totally false.
The Atlantic claimed in their story that after the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape surfaced just weeks before the November presidential election, Pence told the Republican National Committee (RNC) that he was able and ready to replace President Donald J. Trump on the ballot.
Many, reportedly including former RNC chairman and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, felt the tape’s contents would derail the entire campaign. Priebus, according to the Atlantic, told Trump that Pence was “ready to step in.”
From the Atlantic:
Most alarming to the aides and operatives inside Trump Tower, Mike Pence suddenly seemed at risk of going rogue.
Trump’s phone calls to his running mate reportedly went unreturned, and anonymous quotes began appearing in news stories describing Pence as “beside himself” over the revelation.
It’s been reported that Pence sent Trump a letter saying he needed time to decide whether he could stay with the campaign. But in fact, according to several Republicans familiar with the situation, he wasn’t just thinking about dropping out—he was contemplating a coup.
Within hours of The Post’s bombshell, Pence made it clear to the Republican National Committee that he was ready to take Trump’s place as the party’s nominee.
According to The Atlantic’s report, Pence was to be joined on the ticket by former secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, with Pence as the president and Rice as his vice president. Priebus, when asked, reportedly told Trump he could “either drop out immediately or lose in a historic landslide.”
On Tuesday, a Pence aid shot the story down – – again.
Alyssa Farah, a spokeswoman for the vice president, said it “didn’t happen.” In a tweet, Farah said Pence never told the RNC he could step in, and she said the claim was “tired” and “false.”
Farah tweeted: “Regarding The Atlantic’s tired, false claim about the VP during the campaign — we denied this in the article and deny it again today. Didn’t happen.”
Regarding The Atlantic’s tired, false claim about the VP during the campaign — we denied this in the article and deny it again today. Didn’t happen.😴
— Alyssa Farah (@VPPressSec) December 5, 2017
The Atlantic’s article, which makes light of Pence’s faith throughout, includes a fake photo which portrays him as a savior with a halo around his head, in a final mockery of his religious beliefs.
— TheAtlanticPolitics (@TheAtlPolitics) December 5, 2017
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