This week, The Daily Beast spoke with high-level sources that state that Vice President Mike Pence is done with Donald Trump’s claims of mass voter fraud and is trying to distance himself from the president.
“Since Nov. 25, not a single fundraising email from the Trump campaign or its Republican National Committee fundraising account has featured Pence’s name in the ‘from’ field,” reports the Daily Beast’s Asawin Suebsaeng, Lachlan Markay, and Sam Stein. “And this week, that Republican National Committee joint fundraising committee, the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, made another subtle change: a handful of its emails swapped out the official Trump-Pence campaign logo for one featuring just the president’s name.”
The sources tell the Beast that Pence and his team are making an effort to distance him from Trump’s unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud.
“It is an open secret [in Trumpworld] that Vice President Pence absolutely does not feel the same way about the legal effort as President Trump does,” said a senior administration official speaking to the Daily Beast. “The vice president doesn’t want to go down with this ship…and believes much of the legal work has been unhelpful.”
A Pence ally who spoke to the Beast says the Vice President “deeply understands” the position that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Arizona Gov. Dave Ducey and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp are in.
“He has tried to be an effective mediator and communicator between those parties and the president back and forth,” the Pence ally said. “Any time he’s played that role, it’s gone well. The president is satisfied with the facts they’ve provided. And then somehow, without hours or days, the president is publicly attacking them by being fed inaccurate information from other White House sources, which frustrates the VP. It’s not a good look for the president. And it’s only created division in the party at a time when unity is very important.”