The numerous allegations plaguing the Trump administration have increasingly raised speculation among weary conservatives, with some eyeing the scenario of replacing Trump with these two words: President Pence.
Unfair as it may seem to some, a dark cloud looms over the presidency as reports continue to swirl over the firing of FBI Director James Comey and alleged leaks of classified information to Russian diplomats. As a result, some Republicans have grown tired of defending the president’s actions and are quick to envision Vice President Mike Pence replacing President Trump.
According to the liberal leaning news agency, Politico, an anonymous House Republican quipped Wednesday, “If what the [New York Times] reported is true, Pence is probably rehearsing. It’s just like Nixon. From the standpoint that it’s never the underlying issue, it is always the cover-up.”
Politico claims the proposition of ‘President Pence’ remains a “cringe-worthy” subject for Pence, who has been steadfast in not upstaging Trump and refrained from entertaining such rhetoric on the campaign trail. Pence’s press secretary also declined to comment on the matter.
According to the report, conservatives maintain that Pence would be an ideal alternative, especially as the Justice Department forges ahead with a special prosecutor to investigate alleged collusion between Trump and Russia.
Erick Erickson, a conservative pundit who was a strong Never Trumper but then pledged to give the president a chance, wrote on Wednesday that Republicans should abandon the president because they “have no need for him with Mike Pence in the wings.”
The article asserts that Washington is not-so-secretly pining over the prospect of Pence as the seated president and that “many Republicans prefer Pence to Trump in the Oval Office.”
One GOP lobbyist addressed the far-fetched notion of Pence taking the helm, saying: “I find it unlikely that Trump is going anywhere. That being said, Pence is well-liked on the Hill, fairly predictable, and doesn’t stir up much unnecessary drama.”
Furthermore, the report claims most Republican lobbyists view Pence as being a “source of stability in an otherwise tumultuous White House.”
Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University, described Pence’s temperament as similar to the “mild-mannered, religious conservative Republican Gerald Ford” and someone with “few enemies.”
“Having Pence in reserve is one of the few things, I think, that is calming Republican nerves,” Brinkley added. “It would just be a more mild-mannered Pence who never says anything offensive, who doesn’t take to Twitter, who goes to church every Sunday.”
While Pence may be favored by some over Trump, it stands to reason that in the unlikely event of Trump abandoning the Oval Office, it would not be an easy road for Pence in the wake of a seismic shake-up and he could face issues of being “considered tainted by his past devotion to Trump,” writes Politico.
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