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Mike Pence's Wife Finds Trump 'Reprehensible' and 'Totally Vile': Former Campaign Aide

Karen Pence wanted him off the ticket after the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape.

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Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, was completely horrified when she watched Donald Trump’s infamous “Access Hollywood” tape in which he bragged about grabbing women’s genitals.

According to a profile of Mike Pence written by The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins, Karen Pence wanted to see her husband take over the Republican Party’s nomination for the presidency in the wake of the tape's release, and it wasn’t just due to political opportunism.

“She finds him reprehensible—just totally vile,” one ex-campaign aide told Coppins.

Coppins reveals that the Republican Party was working on ways to make Pence its nominee shortly after the “Access Hollywood” tape came out, and had even started batting around the idea of drafting former Bush Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be his running mate.

What’s more, Coppins reports that a group of Republican donors also talked about raising money to “buy out” Trump in exchange for him dropping out of the race, but they backed off these plans when one Trump associate told them the price tag would have to be in the $800 million range.

Brad Reed is a writer living in Boston. His work has previously appeared in the American Prospect Online, and he blogs frequently at Sadly, No!.
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