Vice President Mike Pence thinks a President should resign in disgrace if they commit adultery. At least, if they’re a Democrat.
Pence was outraged in a column for his radio show’s website in 1997 that President Clinton lied to the American people about an extramarital affair. That was unforgivable in 1997.
“If you and I fall into bad moral habits, we can harm our families, our employers and our friends. The President of the United States can incinerate the planet,” Pence wrote. “Seriously, the very idea that we ought to have at or less than the same moral demands placed on the Chief Executive that we place on our next door neighbor is ludicrous and dangerous.”
He said that the only way America could move on from a President who had an affair and was dishonest was for that President to move on to a new occupation, either through resignation or removal from office.
According to 1997 Mike Pence, that means Trump has to resign or be removed from the office. Especially if any laws were broken, as Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen said they were Tuesday.
“This may seem drastic to the average American. It is,” Pence wrote for his congressional campaign website. “Our founders intended it to be so because they intended the President of the United States to be the center of the government of the United States.”
Mike Pence went on to quote Alexander Hamilton, calling such a president feeble and saying that in such cases, the whole of the government is bad government.
He also said that Congress had no choice but to remove a President who had an affair, lied and was implicated in breaking even minor laws.
“The American people may deeply wish to move on and put this unpleasantness behind us. Regrettably, the Constitution does not permit such a national denial,” he said. “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.”
If only Pence knew what the President he served under would be like twenty years later.
“For the nation to move on,” said Pence, “the President must move out.”
Katelyn Kivel is a contributing editor for Grit Post in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Follow her on Twitter @KatelynKivel.