Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence just said that if Americans are bamboozled into choosing Donald Trump as President, he will run our country into the ground just like
Dick Darth Cheney, the last Republican to serve in our nation’s second highest office. Ironically, one of the pillars of the Trump Republican primary campaign, was that even though he supported going into the Iraq War in 2002, now he blames Bush and Cheney for failing America. But Mike Pence, who often seems to be running an entirely independent Republican campaign for Vice President, told this to ABC in an interview today:
“I frankly hold Dick Cheney in really high regard in his role as vice president and as an American,” Pence said on ABC’s “This Week.” Pence said that, like Cheney, he hoped to be “a very active vice president.” “Vice President Cheney had experience in Congress as I do, and he was very active in working with members of the House and the Senate,” he said.
Still, even most Republicans finally agree today that George W. Bush’s administration was a complete disaster, both at home and abroad. But the man most informed political observers see as responsible for sending the Middle East into chaos by short circuiting government to document his conclusion that America had to go to war with Iraq, responsible for torture, and most responsible for destroying America’s moral high ground was former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Cheney infamously drove America into the Iraq War by manipulating intelligence, bullying weapons inspectors and ultimately helping mislead the public about the ultimate reasons for entering what would turn out to be destabilizing conflict that has caused today’s spreading refugee crises. Even worse, Dick Cheney had a tremendous conflict of interest as both a major Halliburton shareholder, who as their former CEO stood to benefit greatly from a protracted war filled with multi-billion contracts totaling $39.5 billion dollars. The Vice President isn’t bound by conflict of interest rules either, and Cheney managed to collect a $34 million dollar bonus for leaving the CEO’s office to keep providing value to shareholders as Vice President.
But Republican nominee Mike Pence’s new admission that he wants to secretly run the country from the Vice President’s office squares entirely as true with earlier New York Times reports that the Trump campaign offered virtually unlimited power to John Kasich — only if the moderate Ohio governor would only sell his soul to the orange-faced, racist candidate for President.
Republican nominee Donald Trump is not qualified to be President, and his religious extremist running mate Mike Pence just announced that he’d bring the same flawed leadership that led to Periods for Pence and a religious discrimination law so vile, he folded under massive public pressure and repealed it within weeks. America deserves better, like a highly qualified Democrat for President who actually knows how to govern the country if elected — and isn’t planning to dump the job onto her Vice President like Pres. Bush did.
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and an unpaid senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition.