It’s no secret that the relationship between the Trump family and the current vice president, Mike Pence, has been a shaky one at best lately.
Pence has slowly become more vocal in challenging the president, like over the Taliban meeting that Donald had secretly scheduled and then announced its cancellation on Twitter just days before this country’s anniversary of 9/11, which we all know Trump absolutely cannot stand. And then you add that to the fact that the VP has actually been ranking higher in the polls than Trump himself lately, and that makes for one cranky POTUS.
So much so that Donald has actually been subjecting his right-hand man to numerous “loyalty tests” — which many believe was Pence’s reasoning for staying at a Trump property during his recent trip to Ireland, despite the fact that it was 200+ miles away from where he needed to be, and he knew the backlash it would inevitably cause.
But evidently those tests just aren’t enough to keep the Trump crew satisfied. Or, at least not Ivanka and Jared — as a Pence insider has now confirmed that the couple is, in fact, gunning to have the man replaced on Donald’s 2020 reelection ticket.
According to Journalist Tom LoBianco, author of the biography Piety & Power, who has covered Pence’s political journey since day one, the rumors of Ivanka and Jared attempting to replace the vice president are anything but false.
During a segment with MSNBC’s Morning Joe, LoBianco explained what was really going on behind the closed doors of the White House when it comes to Pence.
“Over the summer he had two terrible events in July,” the author stated. “The weird thing where he flies out to New Hampshire gets called back at the last minute. Then they send him to a detention camp and there is a terrible video of him with a grim face, which should have been Trump. That should have been the president, not the vice president, that’s what VP’s aides and allies are telling me. They see that as Trump yanking on the leash.”
“These are fealty tests, these are loyalty tests,” LoBianco went on. “For some of them they feel it is incredibly demeaning of him, and it goes to this point of him playing the long game. He has to survive, you know, the talk … about Jared (Kushner) and Ivanka (Trump), ways to get rid of him. Politically, you need to bring back suburban voters and women.”
The author of the biography claims that despite the fact that the White House has vehemently denied the rumors of a 2020 VP replacement, the fact of the business is, those reports were accurate all along.
“That’s all very real, and the way we know it is real — and of course they deny that let me put that out there, their people say that is not accurate — but the way we know it is real is by the actions of Pence and his team,” LoBianco stated.
You can watch the clip here:
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