Michelle Obama gave a rousing speech on Thursday, stating her uneasiness about Donald Trump’s rhetoric towards women. The speech struck a chord with many, but one person who’s not falling in with her assertions is Trump’s vice presidential choice, Mike Pence. It’s expected for Trump’s VP pick to side with him, but Pence claims not to see what the big fuss is. He’s steadily making a routine of this approach.
Many have decried Trump’s outspoken language, with even some of his closest confidants not defending his comments. And those concerns were only amplified in the wake of Trump’s remarks towards women in 2005. Pence has said himself that he does not defend Trump’s comments and that they are in the past. When questioned by CBS This Morning hosts, the Indiana governor said he doesn’t understand the First Lady’s critique of Trump:
“Look I have a lot of respect for the first lady. But I don’t understand the basis of her claim. I already spoke about my concerns in the language he used in that 11-year-old video, but what he’s made it clear is that was talk. Regrettable talk on his part. But that there were no actions … We’re in this campaign and we’re in it to win this for the American people. Donald Trump made it clear, he apologized for what he said 11 years ago. He showed humility. He showed heart.”
Pence went on to say the media is partially to blame for the furor over the comments, as they have run these stories repeatedly. The Trump campaign has promised they are gathering evidence to prove the allegations against Trump are false, but like his tax returns, those may never surface
As the interview continued, Pence was asked if there would ever be a situation where he would jump ship off the ticket. There had been rumors after the second presidential debate Pence wanted out, but nothing came of those reports. Pence said that he is in this for the long haul:
“We’re in this campaign and we’re in it to win this for the American people. Donald Trump made it clear, he apologized for what he said 11 years ago. He showed humility. He showed heart.”
Pence has shown that he is a loyal running mate, standing by Trump through tough times and even trying to gaslight the American public into thinking they were wrong about Trump.