Accuracy in Media


As noted on AIM a week ago, the mainstream media overlooked the possibility of a President Mike Pence in the White House if impeachment proceedings remove current President Donald Trump from office. Although the likelihood is low, as Republican voters are solidly against impeachment and the Republican-majority Senate will probably not vote for impeachment, the mainstream media failed to analyze the repercussions of a Trump impeachment.

The mainstream media has been intensely covering any impeachment-related news since the Democratic Party said it would move forward in the House of Representatives on impeachment proceedings. Yet, no analysis has been done on Pence’s political stances, his background, and other information since his nomination as vice president in the 2016 election cycle.

Pence is the former governor of Indiana, a conservative Christian, and before he became governor, served in the House of Representatives. We can assume that the media will find an opportunity to criticize Pence for his past political and social stances if he does become President of the United States, but none such criticism has arisen in the weeks since impeachment proceedings were announced.

But after I penned the piece, Politico published an analysis on what a President Mike Pence would do to a 2020 presidential race. Bill Scher, a contributing editor to Politico, made multiple interesting points about what a President Mike Pence would bring to a 2020 presidential race.

Pence’s net favorability is better than Trump, according to a RealClearPolitics metric, at -6.6 compared to Trump’s -13.3 net favorability, although both are underwater and are negative values. Also, Pence’s “low-key Midwesterner” demeanor and calm personality are a stark contrast from Trump’s bombastic personality.

These two points alone would change the face of the 2020 race because the current Democratic Party primary field made Trump their rhetorical punching bag. As Politico said, these candidates “would have to tear up their talking points for how they provide the best chance of beating Trump, and come up with fresh ones for Pence.” Politico also hypothesized that Pence could tap former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley as his running mate, despite Haley and Pence surrogates allegedly engaging in a proxy war of who will succeed Trump in 2024.

Although it could be intriguing, Politico’s analysis is solely a hypothesis and is not based on fact. It only served to fan the flames behind Trump’s impeachment and encourage Never Trump and Democratic Party loyalists to look forward to a political world without President Donald Trump.




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