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Crisis, anyone? 

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It seems Mike Pence has woken up to the fact that this is a perilous political moment for the White House—and Republicans, more broadly. Is he the man to help? Surely, he thinks he is—even after he committed a total dereliction of duty with the benefit of a full sleep cycle to ponder Donald Trump’s defense of neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

Vice President Mike Pence declined Wednesday to distance himself from President Donald Trump’s controversial doubling down on violence that occurred at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

“I spoke at length about this heartbreaking situation on Sunday night in Colombia,” Pence told reporters during a news conference in Chile alongside President Michelle Bachelet. “I stand with the president, and I stand by those words.”

“I stand with the president.” Those could be fateful words, folks. If Pence manages to outlast Trump politically, those words aren’t going to look good alongside video of torch-carrying hate marchers yelling, “Jews will not replace us!”  

But more importantly, Pence clearly doesn’t have what it takes to meet this political moment, just like Republican lawmakers don’t. They collectively have no idea what a total cluster f*ck they are making of an already disastrous situation by pretending Trump didn’t just publicly declare himself a white supremacist sympathizer. 

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