Childish Trump Told Pence They Couldn't Be Friends If He Didn't Overturn Election

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Published on 15 Sep 2021, 16:02
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According to a new book by renowned journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Acosta, Donald Trump was so upset that Mike Pence couldn't overturn the election for him that he told Pence the two couldn't be friends anymore. This is the kind of childish behavior that became a staple during the Trump administration and certainly isn't missed now that he is out of office. Ring of Fire's Farron Cousins discusses this bizarre exchange, and the even scarier fact that Pence WANTED to do what Trump asked him to do.

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*This transcript was generated by a third-party transcription software company, so please excuse any typos.

According to a new book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Donald Trump actually told former vice president Mike Pence that he wasn't going to be his friend anymore if he didn't help overturn the 2020 presidential election. Here is how the exchange went down, according to the new book. If these people say you had the power, wouldn't you want to? Trump asked, I wouldn't want any one person to have that authority Pence said. But wouldn't it almost be cool to have that power? Trump asks. No, Pence said. He continues. I've done everything I could and then some to find a way around this. It's simply not possible. That's when Trump got mad. No, no, no, Trump shouted, according to the authors. You don't understand Mike, you can do this. I don't want to be your friend anymore if you don't do this. That was according to a conversation between the two men on the morning of January 6th.

Donald Trump straight up with his childish behavior saying, well, I'm not going to be your friend anymore if you don't do this for me. I mean, my God, the man is in his seventies. Can you imagine any human being on this planet in their seventies, right, supposed to be the height of maturity here in, in, in, not just here, but in humanity, telling another grown man, I'm not going to be your friend anymore if you don't do this for me. But according to the book, that is exactly what happened. Here's the thing. That's not the craziest part. I know that seems insane to say, but that's not the craziest part. The craziest part is that they detailed how in depth Pence went trying to find a way to actually do what Trump was asking him to do. Had conversations with Dan Quayle, asking him like, what are my options here? Can I do this? Can I overturn this? How can I make this happen?

And Quayle, luckily, you know, not known as being the brightest guy out there, but even Quayle was like, you can't. Like, there's literally nothing you can do. Give it up. It's over. You lost. You cannot keep this guy or yourself in office. But the fact that Pence was actually out there trying to figure out a way to do it folks, to me, that's the bigger part of the story here. Yes, it's ridiculous and childish that Trump told him I'm not going to be your friend anymore, but it's even scarier that Mike Pence tried to do it. That he was reaching out to individuals who know more than him finding out what he could do to make that a reality. This was an attempted coup. It absolutely was. There is no other way to define this. Perpetrated by Donald Trump, carried out by his underlings like Mike Pence.

And luckily it failed. Luckily we didn't have to go through this constitutional crisis of Mike Pence trying to make Donald Trump happy, keep his BFF. But no. So I guess at this point, Trump and Pence aren't friends anymore. And of course, let's not forget this all happened the morning of January 6th. And we all know what those crazed individuals who stormed the Capitol were chanting about Mike Pence. So yeah, Mike Pence had a really big wake up call that day.