Side Effects

From ShareBlue:

Mike Pence continued his attempt to cover up for Donald Trump’s refusal to directly rebuke racial terrorism committed in his name, but when challenged by a reporter on his claim that Trump had forcefully spoken out, he instead complained about “many in the media.”

Trump has refused to call out the white supremacists and Nazis who rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia, and who killed a young woman. Instead he referred to “many sides” being involved in the case.

Maybe instead of complaining about “many in the media,” Pence should complain about Nazis and alt-right white supremacists like Sebastian Gorka, Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, et al who swarm all over the West Wing.

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Appearing on NBC News, Pence told White House correspondent Peter Alexander that Trump “stated clearly” that he condemns hate and violence committed by white supremacists. Alexander challenged Pence’s claim, pointing out that Trump “hasn’t used the same words.”

In response, a visibly disturbed Pence insisted that Trump had made his point clear, but Alexander noted that even Trump’s fellow Republicans, like Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, have called out Trump for his immoral and inadequate response to the attack.

Pence then complained, “Many in the media have spent an awful lot of time focusing on what the president said, and criticisms of what the president said, instead of criticizing those who brought that hatred and violence to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia.”


PENCE: I think the president yesterday spoke into a national moment. Words that the American people needed to hear. That we condemn acts of violence, acts of hatred.

ALEXANDER: He said on “many sides.” Name those sides. What are the sides?

PENCE: Well, look, as I said today, we condemn, in the strongest terms, the hate and violence advocated by groups like white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and their ilk.

ALEXANDER: Well that’s one side, what’s the other side, when he says on “many sides”?

PENCE: Well, as you look throughout the course of recent years, we’ve seen protests turn violent. We’ve seen fringe groups use peaceful protest environment to bring violence, in some cases against police officers.

ALEXANDER: But only one group yesterday, Mr. Vice President, killed an American.


This isn’t the first time Pence has put himself in the role of batting clean-up in service of Trump’s bigotry. When Trump refused to directly condemn the anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish cemeteries — after a statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day omitting references to Jewish victims of the ethnic cleansing — the White House responded by  sending Pence to the site in order to take some of the heat off Trump.

The strategy of evasion and misdirection won’t change the fact that Trump’s bigotry has again been exposed and revealed. He continues to live down to his own rhetoric, while refusing to condemn a major source of his support. Mike Pence cannot fix that.

You can read the entire transcript at the ShareBlue link above.


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12 responses to “Side Effects

  1. Pence and Model T. just can’t help themselves because they are sniveling bastardly cowards that are actually afraid they’ll offend the whites that elected them. And Pence, if the truth be shown or known, is a bigot and a racist just like the little hands man who is one step above him.

    Many sides clearly is an effort to put the blame on the anti-protestors. The folks who protested the white supremacists did not start anything, It was the neo Nazi, alt-right wingers and white supremacists that should never had the right to create their demonstration in the first place. We as a country are going backwards instead of forward. When will enough be enough?

    I am so sick of the idiots and racists and neo-Nazis in the West Wing. And most members of congress and the senate are still ass kissing Model T.

    • Anyone who cut that piece of shit Twitler any slack just has to watch that abomination of a press conference today to know that he is a racist, and anti-Semite, a bigot, a moron and an ignorant narcissist. Fuck him, and fuck Mrs. Mitch McConnell a/k/a Elaine Chao, Steve Mnuchin and Gary Cohn who stood next to him. Chao is Asian, and both Mnuchin and Cohn are Jewish. Shame on them for not walking away in shame for ever supporting him or doing his bidding. Fuck John Kelly who was standing nearby for not walking away either.

  2. the loony tic

    it took twitler two days to condemn racial terrorism & two minutes to condemn a CEO who criticized him. what a surprise!

    • Loony, and one press conference to remove all doubt that he is a hateful racist and anti-Semite. I hope his stink sticks to those who still support him. Fuck them all.

  3. Pence, with any luck, will go down with the ship.

    I heard that full interview. What a smarmy rat Pence is. Such a phony.

  4. It’s pure political calculation. Pence is already thinking about 2020. He knows that either Trump will be so weakened that a primary challenge will be possible, or Trump will have been impeached and he (Pence) will be running as an incumbent. Either way, he’s got to avoid pissing off the hard-core Trumpanzees too much, so he has to avoid contradicting Trump too openly. Even when so many other Republican leaders have realized that when it comes to Nazis, there are no grey areas to take refuge in.

    There are calls now for Trump to fire Bannon and Gorka. But that wouldn’t clear away the stench of what it meant that he hired them in the first place.

    • Walking bowl of Cream of Wheat (my new name for Pence) can think about 2020 all he wants. If Twitler is not running, I think COW won’t have much of a following, because all he’s done is to take his place in Twitler’s shadow. He can’t run against even a weakened Twitler, because he will be seen as disloyal, and the faithful would never stand for anyone to be unfaithful to dear leader. That’s too cucklike for them. I don’t see any kind of expanding base for either one of them. That said, I never in my wildest nightmares envisioned Twitler winning (and I still doubt that he really did), so what I think is rather unimportant.

      Bannon and Gorka will pretend to leave of their own accord and then continue to work behind the scenes. Mooch got canned, and he’s still on speed dial.