Mike Pence is (supposedly) the Vice President of the United States. One might think that he’d have at least a little bit of a clue about what’s going on within his own administration. If he doesn’t want to answer questions about what’s going on, then one might think he’d at least have the sense to anticipate what he’s going to get asked about, so he can figure out how to properly not answer the question. Instead Pence simply blew it.
Pence is trying to play it both ways. He’s trying to look “presidential” by representing the United States at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, even as Donald Trump sits around in bed and eats Big Macs while yelling around about the latest lunatic conspiracy on Fox News. The trouble is, that puts Pence out there in the public view, meaning he’s going to get asked questions. Reporters predictably asked him about the Rob Porter domestic abuse scandal and John Kelly coverup, and his answer was so bad, it prompted a followup question that came off like an insult.
When Pence was asked about the Porter scandal this week, he claimed that he only just learned about it when he woke up that morning. The reporter fired back by pointing out that Pence always claims he has no idea what’s going on with the many Trump White House scandals: “Can you comment on why you often seem a little bit out of the loop on some of this major news?” Pence’s bizarre answer (link): “You know it’s a great honor for me to serve as Vice President. President Trump has been incredibly generous with responsibilities and opportunities he’s given me in representing the United States on the world stage.”
Uh, that’s not an answer. Mike Pence knew he was going to get asked the Rob Porter question, yet this was the best deflection he could come up with? Did it not occur to him that he would inevitably be asked why he’s always claiming he has no idea what’s going in his own White House? Pence is a consistent liar, and he’s not even particularly convincing.
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