Anti-Trump Republican strategist Rick Wilson on Friday took a torch to Republican efforts to flatter President Donald Trump in shameless efforts to boost his fragile ego.
Appearing on CNN, Wilson sparred with Marc Lotter, a former press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence, about Pence's constant attempts to suck up to Trump. During the segment, Wilson argued that Pence's efforts to butter up Trump were done in part out of his own career ambitions.
"Mike Pence has taken on the role of being the Number One Trump cheerleader, and I understand that," he said. "I think he recognizes there's a fragility about the president's mental state and there's a nonzero possibility that he could end up being in that chair one day because of Donald Trump's mistakes."
Host Alisyn Camerota then played clips of Pence showering Trump with praise, including one clip of Pence saying he was "deeply humbled" to serve him, while also praising Trump's "broad shoulders."
"What he's talking about is the man he knows and he spends so much time with!" Lotter replied in defending his former boss.
This caused Wilson to scoff.
"Listen, as the noted political philosopher Beyonce once said, he ought to just put a ring on it at this point," he said. "It's like everything but, 'Mr. President, can I give you a foot massage?' It's so over the top."
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