2018-08-10 10:28:21 UTC
Vice President Mike Pence argued that a president should be impeached for moral failings like lying to the public and cheating on a spouse.
CNN reports that as radio host and congressional candidate Pence wrote several columns in the 1990’s arguing that President Bill Clinton should be impeached because of his extramarital affair with Monica Lewinsky and because the president was caught lying to the public about the affair.
In fact, Pence wrote two columns arguing that congress had a moral duty to impeach a lying and cheating president. CNN reports:
One of the columns, “The Two Schools of Thought on Clinton,” was posted on his now-defunct website for his radio talk show. Another column, “Why Clinton Must Resign or Be Impeached,” was posted on his congressional campaign website.
In his column “Why Clinton Must Resign or Be Impeached,” Pence wrote:
Further, the Presidents 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’.
Pence continued to make his case by referencing the Bible:
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.
And in his “The Two Schools of Thought on Clinton,” Pence 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.
In both columns Pence clearly and forcefully argues that the president of the United States should be held to the highest moral standards, and if he is caught covering up an extra-marital affair and lying about it to the American public that president should resign or be removed from office.
However, Pence serves under President Donald Trump, a man who has been caught covering up an extra-marital affair and lying about it to the American public. Yet Pence says nothing.
Bottom line: In the 1990’s Mike Pence argued a president should be impeached if caught covering up an extra-marital affair and lying about it to the American public, and in 2018 Pence happily serves under Donald Trump.
The hypocrisy is undeniable.