Pence’d (verb): To be assigned the task of defending a ridiculous
statement by Pres. Trump or to carry out nonsensical directive of same.
It’s a good a thing for President Trump that Vice President Mike Pence is a non-principled political hack willing to shamelessly apologize for Trump at each and every turn. The latest Pence assignment is to lead the “major investigation” in nonexistent massive voter fraud in the 2016 election.
It works like this: Trump can’t accept the results of the election he won. Oh sure, he’s OK with the part where he won the Electoral College but he refuses to accept the fact that Hillary Clinton got some 3 million votes more than him. Trump tweets that he will launch the “major investigation” into the 3 to 5 million fraudulent votes he says were cast. To give some credibility to the baseless, ridiculous, debunked claim, Trump hands it off to Pence.
“The President and I talked about a week ago, and he announced in that interview here on Fox with Bill O’Reilly that he’s going to set up a commission,” Pence told Fox News. “At the very center of our democracy is the integrity of the vote, the one person, one vote principle, and it’ll be my honor to lead that commission on behalf of the President and to look into that and give the American people the facts.”
Pence has been walking back, handling, clarifying and otherwise spinning most of Trump’s preposterous statements. Sometime he gets caught. During the VP debate during the campaign, Pence tried to say Trump didn’t say what he said.
“Who are you going to believe? Me or your lyin’ eyes?”
As far as the fantasy voter fraud, Pence has no choice to back his boss.
Let’s not forget that Pence is a homophobic, right-wing nut job himself who has supported the abhorrent “conversion therapy” theory for gays.