Prickly Pence may have sunk his own White House bid, implodes during grilling by Tucker

Former Vice President Mike Pence was already facing steep odds in his White House bid but after his implosion during a grilling from Tucker Carlson, he could be doomed to wallowing at the bottom of a sizeable field of 2024 GOP candidates along with no-hopers like Chris Christie, Asa Hutchinson and Doug Burgum.

Pence has been running a distant third behind his one-time boss, former President Donald J. Trump, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis largely based on national name recognition but that may change after his miserable performance at the FAMiLY Leadership Summit in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday afternoon where he came across as disingenuous and defensive.

The prickly ex-veep couldn’t handle it when he was put on the spot over big topics including January 6, election integrity, and Ukraine, repeatedly snapping at the former Fox News host and committing one major gaffe that could potentially be a career killer in the type of adversarial interview that no longer exists in a nation where journalists and media outlets have abandoned their traditional role of seeking the truth and holding power accountable.

Pence was clearly uncomfortable with the format, often being dismissive and rude to Carlson, especially when it came to the topic of the proxy war in Ukraine, a country which he has personally visited to suck up to its president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a man who has ruled as anything but a “democratic” leader with censorship, banning of political opposition and the persecution of clergy members.

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The former veep was tripped up by Carlson when he criticized the Biden regime for not sending tanks fast enough for Zelensky’s liking.

And his Bidenesque gaffe in which he slipped up and said that “it’s not my concern” when pressed about the deterioration of U.S. cities at a time when billions upon billions of American taxpayer dollars are being poured into Kyiv’s coffers will be a sound bite that will be used in his pro-America opponents’ ads for as long as he remains in the race.

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“You are distressed that Ukrainians don’t have enough American tanks?” Carlson asked. “Every city in the United States has become much worse over the past three years. Drive around, there’s not one city that’s gotten better in the United States.”

“And it’s visible. Our economy has degraded, the suicide rate has jumped, public filth and disorder and crime have exponentially increased, and yet your concern is that the Ukrainians, a country that most people can’t find on a map, who’ve received tens of billions of U.S. tax dollars don’t have enough tanks,” Tucker continued “I think it’s a fair question to ask like, where’s the concern for the United States in that?”

“Well it’s not my concern,” Pence responded. “Tucker, I’ve heard that routine from you before but that’s not my concern,” he repeated, seemingly not realizing that whatever he may have meant isn’t what came out of his mouth.

Pence also did himself no favors when he seemed indifferent if not dismissive to the murder of Ashli Babbitt, a military veteran and Trump supporter who was cold-bloodedly gunned down by a black Capitol cop who shot her during the chaos inside of the Capitol.

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“What do you think of the fact that she was shot?” Carlson asked.

“Well, I — I just think it was a tragic moment, without question. Pence said. “But I would — I have to tell you that seeing people assaulting law enforcement officers, smashing windows, breaking into the Capitol building, it infuriated me. And it’s very likely that the restraint that was shown by law enforcement officers saved lives that day.”

“There is no room in our party for apologists for Putin. There is only room for champions of freedom,” Pence tweeted last month in a thinly veiled shot at Trump.

Pence blasted the viral clip of the gaffe, which did not show his entire canned response after the flub, as “fake news” and shared a version that included his full answer in a reaction to a tweet from conservative commentator Charlie Kirk.

“Sorry @charliekirk11. That is what we used to call FAKE NEWS. Here’s the full clip of my remarks if you’re interested,” Pence wrote in his tweet,” Pence wrote.

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