CNN — In a forthcoming memoir about his time in office, former Vice President Mike Pence recounts a conversation he had with Donald Trump.
Here’s the key bit, from an excerpt published in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday:
“Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert and other Republicans had filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to declare that I had ‘exclusive authority and sole discretion’ to decide which electoral votes should count. ‘I don’t want to see ‘Pence Opposes Gohmert Suit’ as a headline this morning,’ the president said. I told him I did oppose it. ‘If it gives you the power,’ he asked, ‘why would you oppose it?’”
“If it gives you the power, why would you oppose it?”
If you had only one quote to understand Trump and how he views the world, that would be a pretty good one.