Pence Declare Trump “Mandate” at Trump-hosted Heritage Foundation Dinner

A woman protests against US President-elect Donald Trump in front of Trump Tower on November 20, 2016 in New York. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR        (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Vice President-Elect Mike Pence continues to prove himself the right man to be Trump’s right-hand man. There’s no lie a petulant Donald Trump can demand that Pence won’t promptly jog out on stage and repeat like he’s Trump’s personal bullshit butler.

Vice president-elect Mike Pence claimed Tuesday night that President-elect Donald Trump has a “mandate” to lead the country, as he ticked through a long list of conservative priorities for the new administration in what he vowed would be a busy first few months in office.

Only in Republican-land can losing the popular vote by millionsstill be considered a “mandate.” George W. Bush considered it a “mandate” when he was chosen by Supreme Court decree; Trumpence’s victory over the popular vote led to massive protests around the nation and they’re still insisting it must be a “mandate” because—well, we could psychoanalyze this all we want but the short version will always be that it’s because that’s what liars do. Donald Trump’s ego can’t handle being the most unpopular president-elect in modern history, and Donald Trump’s ego is the thing the Republican Party is determined to restructure the entire new American government around.

Mike Pence is damn lucky, because Chris Christie would have been great at his job. Chris Christie could have lied his ass off twelve times before lunch and still have ass left to contribute to the afternoon’s efforts.

In a speech inside a hotel ballroom at the new Trump International Hotel just blocks from the White House, Pence vowed that the new team will quickly embark on a to-do list that includes repealing and replacing the federal health-care law, beefing up national defense and nominating a staunchly conservative Supreme Court justice.

The speech was to the Heritage Foundation, and the Heritage Foundation knows damn well how you play the game in the new Trump era: If you want his ear, you book his hotel. So Mike Pence is delivering his speech about how Trump will really-for-reals do whatever the hell Mike Pence claims he’ll do (offer not valid tomorrow, given the frequency with which Pence revises his statements to television interviewers in the very next interview) in the Trump International Hotel ballroom.

The federal health-care law would be repealed and Republicans will be “starting the process of replacing” it “with free market solutions,” Pence said. He said Trump would appoint a conservative justice “in the tradition” of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. He declared “the Obama era of weakening our national defenses is over.”Before the spring arrives, “we’re going to cut taxes across the board,” Pence said.

You are so damn lucky, Mike Pence. Chris Christie could have done everything you’re doing now and spun a plate on his nose at the same time.

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