February 5, 2017 Leave a comment
Okay, in fairness, I don’t think Mike Pence would unleash a series of authoritarian tweets that directly undermine basic Constitutional principles and the rule of law, but he’s plenty ready to defend it. NYT:
Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday defended President Trump’s personal attack on the federal judge who blocked his travel ban on seven predominately Muslim countries, saying that the president’s remarks did not risk undermining the bedrock principle of the separation of powers.
Asked about Mr. Trump’s reference on Twitter to the “so-called judge” who ordered a stay of the president’s executive order, Mr. Pence said on NBC’s “Meet the Press”: “Well, look, the president of the United States has every right to criticize the other two branches of government. And we have a long tradition of that in this country.”
“The judge’s actions in this case,” Mr. Pence added, “making decisions about American foreign policy and national security, it’s just very frustrating to the president, to our whole administration, to millions of Americans who want to see judges that will uphold the law and recognize the authority the president of the United States has under the Constitution to manage who comes into this country.”
I’ll stick to a couple of tweets to rebut how wrong that is:
What would Mike Pence do? Surrender any personal sense of decency and belief in the Constitutional order to serve his authoritarian overlord. Ugh.