Trump and Pence Play Good Cop, Bad Cop
Donald Trump said that he likes to be unpredictable, and he is bringing that theme to his own running mate and their election platform. In another hard week for Trump in the media, the business billionaire found himself backed against the wall, and immediately struck out against all GOP politicians who spoke out against him. In an election where the party needs to rely on a semi unified front, and appeal to the broad base of GOP voters before tackling the coveted Independents, this is not the best strategy. So maybe this is why Governor Mike Pence is playing good cop, while Trump plays bad cop.
While Trump spoke out against Senator John McCain and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Pence formally endorsed them. Pence also said that Trump is on board with him, that they are both happy to support all Republican Party members seeking reelection. On his campaign plane, Pence said,
“I look forward to supporting Republican candidates in the days and weeks ahead all over the country, and so does Donald Trump.”
If this makes you confused, it should. Trump says one thing, and Pence says another. The good cop bad cop strategy works, and is why Pence was such a good choice as a VP. As he is considered part of the establishment, he can play clean up after Trump protects his ego and does not back down from politicians’ attacks. But as Trump, if elected president, will be the figurehead for the Republican Party, he needs these senators and congressmen. and he needs to represent them and their constituents.