It has long been believed that the relationship between Donald Trump and Mike Pence was on thin ice, but the last several days have made it abundantly clear that it is indeed underwater and quite chilly.
The first inclination that the former heads of the Executive Branch weren’t seeing eye to eye any longer came from Pence himself, who reiterated this week that he did not believe it possible to overturn the results of the 2020 election within the scope of his Vice-Presidential authority.
Now, Pence’s former Chief of Staff is taking this characterization a bit further, and making a mockery of some of former President Trump’s advisers on the matter.
Former President Donald Trump received bad legal advice from advisers who “were basically snake oil salesmen,” leading him to false conclusions about the power Mike Pence had to overturn the 2020 election results, the former chief of staff to the vice president, Marc Short, said Sunday.
Short’s comments come just days after Pence rebuked Trump in some of his strongest remarks to date, responding to the former president’s claim that Pence “could have overturned the election.”
The full context of the statement follows:
Short said the vice president at the time was never considering an attempt to overturn the results, and that he made this lack of authority clear to Trump from the beginning. Short definitively said “No,” when asked if the vice president was ever looking for a way to instead delay certification of the election results.Advertisement - story continues below
“I think unfortunately the president had many bad advisers, who were basically snake oil salesmen giving him really random and novel ideas as to what the vice president could do,” Short told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “But our office, you know, researched that and recognized that was never an option.”
Trump, for his part, has maintained his belief that Pence had the authority to affect the outcome of the election, and has taken to publicly lamenting his former Vice President’s decision.