Sometimes (not often, but sometimes), CNN tires of attacking President Trump nonstop. So they attack Vice President Mike Pence instead.
CNN earlier this week had one of the authors of a new book about Pence on both "New Day" and "CNN Newsroom." The author, Michael D’Antonio, who is also a CNN contributor, co-authored the book "Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence."
D'Antonio said that Pence, 59, is getting ready to run for president himself, probably in 2024. And the author said with the scandals swirling around Trump, "Everyday Mike Pence imagines he’s one day closer to the Oval Office."
CNN host John Berman asked D’Antonio about a quote in his book in which he called Pence the first “Christian supremacist” who could become president, LifeNews reports. “Now, he’s not the first committed Christian to be anywhere near the White House," Berman said. "I mean there have been a lot of deeply religious figures there.”
D’Antonio said Pence is different, putting his religion above the nation.
“I think he’s a very divisive figure. He would like to impose a religiously inspired politics on our country that means rolling back marriage equality, it means a ban on abortion, a whole host of policies that are religiously driven. He’s very upfront about that,” D'Antonio said.
On a later CNN show, D'Antonio said Pence is lurking in the “shadows” waiting for Trump to “stumble” so he can slide into office. “I think Mike Pence imagines this is going to happen for him,” D’Antonio said. D’Antonio also said Pence sees himself as a “pagan king” and warned that if Trump were to resign this year, Pence could be president for 10 years.
In his book, D'Antonio and fellow author Peter Eisner assert that one person close to Pence says, "The vice president actually believed he could bring Trump to Jesus, and like Jesus, he was willing to do whatever was necessary to help save Trump's soul."