Mike Pence has ruled out invocation of the 25th Amendment. I could try to analyze his entire statement, and I’ll post it below, but right now I just want to focus on one sentence:
Invoking the 25th Amendment in such a manner would set a terrible precedent.
Let’s be clear here, Pence is claiming that it would be wrong to communicate to future presidents who aspire to tyranny and the violent overthrow of our constitutional order that such a betrayal of our nation and our constitution renders one, by definition, unfit to hold the power of the presidency.
I rather think the opposite. I think it would be wrong to communicate to future aspiring dictators that we accept violent insurrections as the product of a mind fit for American leadership. I think Pence is a coward, and I think that in this statement, he is embracing evil. In truth, I think that his behavior here is worse than that of Trump last week. Trump, with his incredible selfishness, isn’t claiming that coups are acceptable in general. Trump claims only that his violent insurrection is acceptable (or even good). Pence claims that not only does he find Trump’s insurrection acceptable, but that he wants to set a precedent for all future President-led insurrections that they, too, are acceptable.
Trump wants to rule as an autocrat for the rest of his life. Pence wants America to open its arms to autocracy for as long as the soil beneath our feet exists.
Read the statement of an evil man: