Mike Pence must feel his head is perched on a revolving door. Wednesday morning at a press conference, Donald Trump said he would not tell Vladimir Putin to stay out of the American election:

Roughly concomitant to Trump’s remarks, Pence released a statement, in which he issued a threat to the Russians if they even dared to interfere in the American election. Pence wrote: "The FBI will get to the bottom of who is behind the hacking. If it is Russia and they are interfering in our elections, I can assure you both parties and the United States government will ensure there are serious consequences."

Whoops.

The Trump campaign tried to explain what went wrong:

Meanwhile, despite the fact that Trump also said this at the press conference: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Senior Communications Advisor Jason Miller tried to peddle this:


Despite the mendacity of his spokesman, Trump was marching on, dizzy with the idea of power. The whole scenario took on a more sinister tone later in the day, when he fantasized about more and more power:

With Trump’s consistent praise for despots exerting power, is it surprising that he would utter such a statement that clearly violates the precepts of American governmental tradition?

For Pence, who has long spoken of the importance of the Constitution, (at least until he joined Trump) Trump’s hungry grasp for power must be stomach-churning.