Now that Donald Trump and Mike Pence are being referred to as the “president-elect” and “vice-president-elect” of the United States, one might expect them to begin acting like it. Instead, against a backdrop of the bigoted Pence foolishly attending the diverse Broadway play Hamilton and then acting surprised that he got booed and lectured, and Trump hiding out in Trump Tower and whining about things on Twitter. But as of Sunday, both men are now sinking into even more absurdist behavior.
Mike Pence hit the Sunday morning talk show circuit with an interview on Face The Nation. It stood out that Pence is now apparently the one speaking for the administration in these kinds of interviews, even as Donald Trump continues to mostly hide. But Pence arguably didn’t do Trump any favors, as he spent the television segment uncomfortably dodging every question.
When asked about the stern lecture which the Hamilton cast had wrapped in the thinly veiled guise of a welcome message, Pence replied, “I’ll leave to others whether it was the appropriate venue to say it.” In other words, he lacked the backbone to say whether or not he agreed with Trump’s assertion that the cast had been harassing him. And when asked about the millions Americans who have taken to the streets to protest a rather obviously illegitimate election and the fact that Trump is a deranged madman, Pence offered a line so generic that one would think a computer wrote it for him. But that was nothing compared to the Sunday morning performance that Trump put on while hiding out in Trump Tower.
“I watched parts of Saturday Night Live last night,” Donald Trump tweeted early on Sunday morning, revealing that he’s still sitting around watching television instead of prepping his administration. “It is a totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?” In other words, Pence is making a fool of himself on TV, and Trump is making a fool of himself by whining about TV.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report