A series of late 1990’s columns from Vice President Mike Pence have resurfaced, highlighting just how discordant President Donald Trump’s actions are with the so-called morality many in the Republican party claim to champion.
The columns are in reference to then-President Bill Clinton’s relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The scandal led to Clinton’s impeachment in 1998 and thrust the sex life of President Clinton into the public sphere.
Pence, a devout Christian who won’t dine alone with any woman but his wife, lambastes Clinton for lying to the public about his sexual relationship with Lewinsky. In decrying Bill Clinton, Pence inadvertently makes a case for impeaching Trump, asserting:
In a day when reckless extramarital sexual activity is manifesting itself in our staggering rates of illegitimacy and divorce, now more than ever, America needs to be able to look to her First Family as role models of all that we have been and can be again.
He went on to say:
If the President does not resign, the Republican Congress must impeach him even if it costs them their majority because the laws of this republic charge them with the duty to so act. Absent an uncharacteristic act of selflessness by the President, it is left to the Republicans to live up to their label and defend the laws and institutions of this Republic.
Twenty years later, Pence would run on the presidential ticket of a man who famously said:
I moved on her like a b*tch. But I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look…You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the p***y. You can do anything.
President Donald Trump has been embroiled in multiple sexual scandals. Most recently, a recording showed the president discussing the payment of hush money to a Playboy model with whom he had a sexual relationship. His $130,000 hush payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels has been widely publicized. Both affairs are alleged to have occurred shortly after the birth of Trump’s youngest son. With the scandals plaguing the Trump administration, many are wondering why Pence hasn’t held Donald Trump to an equal standard.
CAUGHT: MIKE PENCE MAKES AN AIRTIGHT CASE FOR #IMPEACHMENT
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) August 7, 2018
Mike Pence, 1990s: Bill Clinton had an affair, therefore he should be impeached.
Mike Pence, 2018: Trump's multiple affairs are his business and his business alone. pic.twitter.com/Xy5AmIrEPh
— jordan (@JordanUhl) August 6, 2018
"Throughout our history, we have seen the presidency as the repository of all of our highest hopes and ideals and values. To demand less is to do an injustice to the blood that bought our freedoms."
Who said it?
MIKE PENCE, in the late 1990s.https://t.co/EVzG638c3j
— David Priess (@DavidPriess) August 7, 2018
I assume Mike Pence’s apology to Bill Clinton is forthcoming. #morningjoe
— Jane Doe (@proudloudlib) August 7, 2018
Trump’s election and subsequent presidency has forced GOP lawmakers and voters alike to answer for their support of the president despite actions that would’ve likely destroyed other presidencies.