Ex-Trump Official Turns CNN Hit Upside With ‘Flaccid’ Pence Quip


Miles Taylor, the former Trump administration official who anonymously warned of the dangers of a second Trump term ahead of the 2020 election, had some choice words on Tuesday to describe former Vice President Mike Pence.

During a panel discussion on CNN tonight As for Pence’s potential presidential ambitions, Taylor, who resigned as chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security in June 2019, described Pence’s tenure as deeply respectful to the commander in chief.

“If you want to know what Mike Pence’s vice presidency was like, Mike Pence is a man of upright stature and a slack conscience. He stood up straight, but he didn’t stand up to Donald Trump. We just saw it in that clip,” Taylor said, referring to a speech Pence gave to the Young America’s Foundation earlier Tuesday. In it, Pence emphasized his look to the future and downplayed any potential differences between him and former President Donald Trump “over issues,” instead saying the two “may differ in focus.”

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“They disagree on the issue of ‘hanging Mike Pence,'” New York Times reporter Alex Burns joked in response to Pence’s comments. “That’s a place where they don’t have the same agenda.” (Trump seemed to like the idea of ​​Pence being hanged after hearing some of his supporters ask for it during the uprising, according to the Jan. 6 committee.)

And as Taylor put it, Pence “came straight in that speech, but he still – after people tried to kill him – couldn’t stand up to Donald Trump and say, ‘We don’t disagree on the issues.’ That tells you everything you need to know about Mike Pence.”

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Pence, whose forthcoming memoir will address Trump’s “breaking up of their relationship on January 6,” criticized Trump’s failed attempts to get him to thwart the Democratic process in a February speech. “President Trump is wrong,” Pence said at a Federalist Society meeting. “I had no right to undo the election.”