A Lincoln Project ad reportedly turned Trump against Mike Pence. Pence is now bending.
President Trump has turned on anyone he believes are not fighting to stay in office after losing the November 3rd election. This is evident from multiple reports and Trump tweets, and among those the president deems insufficiently loyal is Vice President Mike Pence, according to Axios. "A source speaking to Trump said the president had complained about Pence and ran a Lincoln Project ad claiming Pence is pulling out of Trump. That ad clearly got inside Trump's head, the source said . "
Some of the Lincoln Project ads are specifically aimed at getting into Trump's head, and a point about former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale is believed to have helped Parscale fall. Pence seems to be taking Trump's feelings seriously. Trump can't fire Pence, but "the vice president doesn't want to leave on bad terms with the president, I can assure you," a government official, aware of Pence's thinking, told the Washington Post.
When Pence spoke to pro-Trump group Turning Point USA on Tuesday in West Palm Beach, Florida, he fed "the illusion that the campaign wasn't over," the Post reports. "As our campaign continues, I will make you a promise: We will keep fighting until every legal vote is counted," said Pence. "We're going to win Georgia, we're going to save America, and we're never going to stop fighting to make America great again." Trump has already lost Georgia several times, including after a hand count and a machine count.
The big challenge for Pence will be to chair the joint session of Congress on January 6th, which will confirm the election of President-elect Biden. "Pence's role on January 6th played a big role in Trump's mind," says Axios. "Trump would see Pence as the ultimate betrayal if he did his constitutional duty - and upheld the election result." Pence and his advisors "have started thinking about how to deal with Jan 6 and escape Trump's wrath, but no final decisions have been made," the Post added.
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