Donald Trump on Mike Pence.
Peggy Noonan writes today about the failure of law enforcement to storm those elementary classrooms in Uvalde TX. (Let’s remember, Tony Robinson Jr.’s three 20-something drug-abusing buddies called police because they couldn’t restrain his violence.) “My God, I’ve never seen a country so in need of a hero,” Peggy pleads.
The Werkes nominates Mike Pence, our current favorite for President. Maggie Haberman reports at the New York Times:
The day before a mob of President Donald J. Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff called Mr. Pence’s lead Secret Service agent to his West Wing office.
The chief of staff, Marc Short, had a message for the agent, Tim Giebels: The President was going to turn publicly against the Vice President, and there could be a security risk to Mr. Pence because of it. …
Trump grew agitated as his options closed, and it became clear that he was failing in his last-ditch effort to muscle his previously compliant vice president into unilaterally rejecting the voting outcomes in key states. …
The next day, Jan. 6, Mr. Trump and Mr. Eastman addressed a crowd of thousands of Trump supporters at a rally at the Ellipse near the White House, before the start of the Electoral College certification at 1 p.m. Mr. Trump and Mr. Eastman both applied public pressure on Mr. Pence to do what they wanted.
More than 2,000 people — some chanting “Hang Mike Pence” — stormed the Capitol as the vice president was overseeing the certification of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory. Outside, angry Trump supporters had erected a mock gallows. After Mr. Pence was hustled to safety, Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, is reported to have told colleagues that Mr. Trump said that perhaps Mr. Pence should have been hanged. …
“You’ll never take back our country with weakness,” Mr. Trump had told his supporters. At another point, he said: “Mike Pence, I hope you’re going to stand up for the good of our Constitution and for the good of our country. And if you’re not, I’m going to be very disappointed in you. I will tell you right now. I’m not hearing good stories.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: We’ll tell YOU right now, Mr. Trump, WE are not hearing good stories.