Pence attended an event in New Hampshire on Wednesday and denounced attacks on the FBI following the raid at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
Fox News’ Laura Ingraham asked Carlson about Pence’s comments which led him to brutally criticize the former vice president.
“What is Mike Pence doing in New Hampshire? I mean, if Mike Pence doesn’t have a summer house in New Hampshire, then he’s delusional,” Carlson responded in an apparent reference to speculation that Pence might run for president in 2024.
He went on, “I mean, Mike Pence [is] a very nice guy, or seems like a nice guy. But he spent four years getting bossed around by Donald Trump like a concubine. He was bossed around by his donors when he was governor of Indiana. He’s not in a position to lead anything. I think he probably has useful years left in him.”
“But the idea that he’s going to run for president is like delusional, and it’s clearly only benefiting his consultants…It’s super embarrassing. I don’t want to beat up on Mike Pence,” Carlson added.
Except, apparently, you do. Otherwise, you wouldn’t essentially call him Trump’s concubine for carrying out the duties of a vice president like pretty much every vice president in recent memory has been expected to.
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Tucker Carlson destroys Mike Pence, calls him Trump’s “concubine”. pic.twitter.com/4zJbhcXnsC
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) August 18, 2022
So what set off this polemic against Pence?
Well, he made the apparently grave error of denouncing attacks against the FBI after the Mar-a-Lago raid. He also said that “calls to defund the FBI are just as wrong as calls to defund the police.”
“The truth of the matter is, we need to get to the bottom of what happened. We need to let the facts play out,” Pence said, adding, “But more than anything else, the American people need to be reassured in the integrity of our justice system, and the very appearance of a recurrence of politics playing a role in decisions at the Justice Department demands transparency as never before.”
Until five minutes ago, that would have probably been a statement that was not contentious.
We should not jump to conclusions about the raid before we know all the details. And we should not be pre-emptively attacking the justice system — as some conservatives already are — because of a belief that shady, corrupt operatives are out to get Trump.
One would hope that the FBI and senior officials at the Justice Department would not approve such an explosive action without a legitimate concern that Trump violated the law and the raid was a measure of last resort after all other efforts to retrieve highly sensitive documents were exhausted.
And it’s important to note that we still don’t know what the documents were or the scope of this investigation.
Some have argued that even if the documents at Mar-a-Lago were classified, the action and potential charges are not fair because Hillary Clinton was not charged, and indicting Trump would therefore not be just.
But that does a disservice to the rule of law. We can’t have law enforcement deciding not to prosecute public figures because another individual was not charged for a similar offense. If the statute is found to be unnecessary or not one worthy of being prosecuted it should be repealed or amended. Otherwise, it should be prosecuted.
By contrast, if it turns out that the documents were not classified, and that this was a politically motivated raid and investigation, then the senior leaders of the Justice Department and the FBI should all immediately be removed from their positions and go down in history as corrupt officials.
But to attack Pence for stating something that most conservatives probably would have agreed with until they didn’t like how it impacted Trump says more about Carlson than it does the former vice president.
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