Over the last year, Vice President Mike Pence has been put in some pretty precarious positions.
This was not by accident, according to Pence biographer Tom LoBianco, who believes Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are trying to push President Donald Trump to replace Pence on the 2020 ticket.
The 2020 Election
When Donald Trump ran for president in 2016, one area of weakness he needed to shore up was with the evangelical voters of America. Most would agree that was a major reason why Mike Pence was added to the ticket.
The 2020 election has changed things rather dramatically in terms of where Trump needs to strengthen his appeal. If you believe the polls, Trump is hurting in the female demographic as well as losing some of his suburban support.
Due to the extreme nature of the Democrat ticket, regardless of who wins, there is no way the evangelicals will ever side with the nominee, so how much does Pence really offer Trump in this upcoming election?
Many people believe Trump would have been much better prepared for the election had he asked Pence to step down and added someone like former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley to the ticket.
It would not only have helped in some key voting areas, but it would have also helped prepare Haley for a White House run of her own in 2024.
Pulling on the Leash
Two of the more notably bizarre happenings this year for Pence were getting recalled from a planned trip to New Hampshire as well as his July visit to the southern border.
On his way to New Hampshire, Pence suddenly received word that he was needed back at the White House. It was later revealed this was done because one of the individuals Pence was to meet with was actually about to be charged in a federal criminal probe.
Pence also went to visit the detention facilities at the border, and the video of the tour was, shall we say, less than flattering, as the conditions there obviously bothered Pence.
LoBianco believes these were both “loyalty tests” by Trump to see just how much Pence would be willing to take before quitting. The author also believes that the president’s daughter and husband have it out for Pence, but none of that is corroborated.
However, Trump stated very early on that Pence was his man, and his loyalty during the first election and throughout this administration has earned him a spot on the ticket.