I’ve been watching the Medici family saga on Netflix recently and have come to the conclusion that the Trump’s and their allies are like a really, really dim-witted version of the famous, and ruthless Italian family.
I had a good chuckle when I heard VP Mike Pence’s statement on Don Jr.’s increasingly provable efforts to collude with the Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Here is the official statement from Pence’s press secretary:
The vice president is working every day to advance the president’s agenda. He was not aware of the meeting. He is also not focused on stories about the campaign – especially those pertaining to the time before he joined the campaign.
It seems we are never quite sure if Pence knew he was lying when he repeatedly said Trump and team had no problematic dealings with the Russians in 2016, or if he was so out of the loop he had no choice but to say what the man at the top expected.
Whatever the case, it may now be the case that he’s tired of explaining himself and has decided to simply say that whatever happened, it wasn’t him.
Steve Benen at MaddowBlog writes that this could be part of Pence’s efforts to “establish his own political identity distinct from that of the president who chose him.”
The New York Timesreported over the weekend, for example, that Pence “has been courting scores of the country’s most influential donors, corporate executives and conservative political leaders over the past several months in a series of private gatherings and one-on-one conversations.”
Isn’t that interesting?
If Trump does crash and burn can Pence survive? I guess it all depends on what he knew and when he knew it and what can be proved. What Benen asks is maybe more to the point in the short term: Are we approaching an every-person-for-themselves phase of the Trump presidency? And, I would add, if not now, when?