• After the Fall-Out: Trump and Pence Meet, Are Reconciled — Which Is Only Right

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    Surge Summary: Reports are that President Trump and Vice President Pence have mended fences regarding the VP’s refusal to reject electoral college votes last week. If true, this is good news: Trump’s response to his loyal second was out of line; he needed to straighten things out.

    by Gary Bauer

    On Tuesday, Gary Bauer writes:

    It’s no secret that after four incredible years of standing shoulder-to-shoulder in this great battle for our country, President Trump and Vice President Pence found themselves on different pages heading into the closing days of the administration.

    But the two reportedly men met yesterday in the Oval Office and appear to have healed whatever tension there was between them.  They apparently emerged from the Oval Office laughing together.

    Pence assured the president that he “never once” considered invoking the 25th Amendment, and Trump said that if he doesn’t run in 2024, he’ll probably endorse Mike Pence.

    I know there are Trump supporters who are angry with the vice president because they thought he could do more than he did to prevent Congress from accepting the Electoral College votes.  I know there are Pence supporters who are unhappy because the president put him in such a difficult position with his public remarks at last week’s rally.

    But if the two of them can heal whatever disconnect there was between them, it is a powerful message that the rest of us must be just as magnanimous as they are.

    Whatever differences and disputes conservatives may have with one another pale in comparison to our differences and disputes with the radical left.  There are major battles ahead, and we must be united in our resistance to the progressive agenda.

    Both Donald Trump and Mike Pence are great men, and both will play major roles in the future battles for our country.

    If the above account is accurate, it’s good to hear:  Donald Trump ought to reconcile with his Vice-President. There’s no administration member that has carried more of the President’s laundry – including occasionally his soiled laundry – than former Indiana Governor Mike Pence. His decision regarding the electoral vote was a patently courageous one. As we learned promptly, and are seeing presently from the widespread internet vilification of him courtesy of Team Trump, a tsunami of enormous, hostile heat awaited him in the event he refused to do the Chief Exec’s bidding on this matter. The plainly politically cognizant Pence had to fully expect this. To his soaring credit, he went with his brain – and his conscience – anyway.

    As it turns out, his decision was in line with the view of those ardent Trump supporters who were willing to admit the obvious: a single individual (in this case, including the Vice President of the United States) has neither the constitutional nor statutory authority to vacate the votes of millions of Americans. Try to conceive of any situation in which the majority of our anti-monarchial Founders would have countenanced as much …

    Exactly.

    No less Trump-supporters than Ben Shapiro. Andy McCarthy (!), Laura Ingraham (!!) and Gary Bauer (!!!) agreed Pence would have been on thin to non-existent ice had he yielded to the boss on this one. It’s not even a close call – at least not if our founding documents, legal precedent and history account for anything.

    Donald Trump possesses a startling capacity to sour on people – from eighty to zero in five seconds – whom he once adored but who dare at some point to diverge from his desires or agenda. It’s not one of his most stellar qualities. Over the course of the past five or so years, many a former Trump acolyte, and even a few erstwhile sycophants, have precipitately found themselves on the eternal outs with him.

    If, as claimed, his enmity toward Pence turns out to NOT be eternal? Good for President Trump. Maybe he’s learning a bit about grace, forgiveness and letting bygones be bygones in his final days at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    Originally Posted here.

    Image: Adapted from: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Donald Trump & Mike Pence, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51185065

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.


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