Rep. Greg Pence wrapped up his assessment of the House vote to impeach President Donald Trump in just a short few words.
The Indiana Republican and older brother of Vice President Mike Pence was caught by TMZ the day after the party-line vote to impeach the president on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
“This impeachment vote that took place, what did you think about it?” TMZ asked Pence.
“Bullsh– to the fourth degree,” the lawmaker quipped.
His son, John Pence, praised TMZ’s “great reporting” in a tweet.
“This partisan impeachment is #BStoThe4thDegree,” the younger Pence, who is a senior advisor to Trump’s re-election campaign, wrote.
.@GregPenceIN is right.
This partisan impeachment is #BStoThe4thDegree
— John Pence (@jepence) December 19, 2019
Trump became the third U.S. president to be impeached but the first to have it decided in a purely partisan vote, with not a single Republican voting ‘yea’s on the two articles of impeachment brought against him.
TMZ’s reporter asked Pence about how the removal of the president would mean that his brother, the vice president, would assume the Oval Office.
“You had the most unique perspective than anybody out there, right? Because at the end of the day, your brother is, like, he’s obviously in line to be president,” the reporter said.
“You’re overthinking now,” Pence replied.
“It didn’t go through your head at all?” the TMZ reporter asked.
“I represent the people of the 6th District of Indiana,” Pence noted, though TMZ called the line of thinking “a natural thing.”
“Maybe natural to you,” Pence responded.
The congressman slammed Democrats after the “sham” impeachment vote, saying in a statement that the American people would see it for what it is.
“Democrats and their allies in the fake news media have been trying to impeach President Trump since the day he took office. The American people deserve a Congress focused on them, not Democrats walking around gloating and high-fiving each other for wrongfully impeaching President Trump, trying to undo the 2016 election,” he said.
“The only thing Democrats have accomplished is ignoring the will of the people. I stand firmly behind President Trump, confident the American people will see through this sham impeachment,” Pence added.
TMZ also caught up with 2020 Democratic candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard outside the Capitol and asked her about her vote of “present” on impeachment.
“I cast my vote as ‘present,’ taking a stand for the American people, recognizing that a house divided cannot stand,” the Hawaii Democrat told TMZ. “My vote was a vote for the American people, for our country, for our democracy.”
Gabbard was pushing for an alternative to impeachment on the eve of a full member vote in the House of Representatives as she remained undecided before the final vote and introduced a resolution calling for Trump to be censured instead.
The 2020 hopeful, who did not meet the threshold to qualify for this week’s Democratic debate, was one of only three House Democrats who did not vote in favor of impeaching Trump.
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