While Dan Quayle was not taken seriously when he was George HW Bush’s vice president, he may have saved America’s democracy from Donald Trump’s electoral fraud.
According to “Peril,” an upcoming book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Trump spent his last days in office pressuring Vice President Mike Pence to disrupt the official election certification process. .
Trump reportedly told Pence, “I don’t want to be your friend anymore if you don’t do this.
Pence was apparently so torn between his loyalty to the president and his oath to defend the Constitution that he turned to Quayle for advice.
Although Trump was supposedly convinced his vice president could simply reject the election results, Quayle reportedly told Pence bluntly: “Mike, you don’t have any flexibility on this. Nothing. Zero. Forget. Tidy.”
Pence reportedly said that is what he has repeatedly said to Trump, adding, “bbut he really thinks he can. And there are other guys in there who say I have that power.
According to the book, Pence then repeated some of his boss’s bogus election fraud allegations in places like Arizona.
“Mike, I live in Arizona,” Quayle said. “There is nothing here.”
When Quayle was vice president in the late ’80s and early’ 90s, he was blasted as a blundering lightweight.
So the news that he could have prevented a constitutional crisis shocked many, including Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC.
“Wow,” Mitchell said in the segment below. “Dan Quayle comes to the aid of the republic.”
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