I wonder if the Mike Pence from the late 1990s has met 2018 Mike Pence. In the 90s, he wrote extensively about removing an immoral president from office.
On Monday, CNN reported,
“Vice President Mike Pence once argued the president of the United States should be held to the highest moral standards to determine whether he should resign or be removed from office.”
In the late 1990s, Pence wrote two columns where he made the argument that President Bill Clinton should be removed from office because of his affair with a White House intern and the lies that he told the American public about it.
Pence said that Clinton had lost the moral authority to lead the country. And he went beyond the specifics of Clinton’s case. He made the far-reaching argument that morals and integrity were vital to the office of the presidency.
One of Pence’s columns was titled, “The Two Schools of Thought on Clinton.” Another was titled, “Why Clinton Must Resign or Be Impeached.” The first article was posted on Pence’s now-defunct website for his radio show. The second was posted to his congressional campaign website. At the time, both were run in Indiana newspapers.
The articles were both archived by the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.
In his columns, Pence argued that the president is not just like the rest of us when it comes to morals. He wrote,
“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. 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.”
“Throughout our history, we have seen the presidency as the repository of all of our highest hopes and ideals and values. To demand less is to do an injustice to the blood that bought our freedoms.”
Fast forward to 2018, and we have a Mike Pence who consistently defends a president who paid hush money to porn stars and Playboy models. He defends a president who cheated on all three of his wives. He defends a president who has been accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault by dozens of women. And he defends a president who is a pathological liar.
Yet, when the president was Bill Clinton, Pence said,
“Further, the Presidents (sic) repeated lies to the American people in this matter compound the case against him as they demonstrate his failure to protect the institution of the presidency as the ‘inspiring supreme symbol of all that is highest in our American ideals.'”
“Leaders affect the lives of families far beyond their own ‘private life’. In the Bible story of Esther we are told of a king who was charged to put right his own household because there would be ‘no end of disrespect and discord’ among the families of the kingdom if he failed to do so. In a day when reckless extramarital sexual activity is manifesting itself in our staggering rates of illegitimacy and divorce, now more than ever, America needs to be able to look to her First Family as role models of all that we have been and can be again.”
Pence also argued that Republicans needed to act to remove Clinton, even if it meant losing the majority in Congress.
“If our leaders flinch at this responsibility, they would do well to heed the Proverb ‘if a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked,'” he added. “Our leaders must either act to restore the luster and dignity of the institution of the Presidency or we can be certain that this is only the beginning of an even more difficult time for our land. For the nation to move on, the President must move out.”
Hypocrite, thy name is Mike Pence.