Pence blasted by former aide for pushing the ‘big lie’ that almost got him killed

Olivia Troye, who worked as homeland security, counterterrorism and coronavirus adviser to Vice President Pence for two years, penned a op-ed in The Bulwark, asking, "Does Mike Pence have a death wish?"

"Not two months have passed since an armed, violent mob stormed the Capitol chanting 'hang Mike Pence,' erected a gallows, and forced the Secret Service to rush the then-vice president to safety, all because he had refused to overturn the 2020 election," Troye writes.

Troye cites a recent op-ed Pence published in the Daily Signal, where he gave a nod to Donald Trump's voter fraud conspiracy theories -- "the exact lies and conspiracy theories that motivated his would-be murderers," Troye writes.

According to Troye, Pence never actually states the "clear implication" of his op-ed, instead, "he wallows in the vagaries of 'significant voting irregularities' and 'integrity,' surely knowing that the people who believe the Big Lie about the election will assume he's talking about how Hugo Chávez and Dominion conspired to overturn a landslide victory."

"Trying to understand what Pence must be thinking is like cleaning out a septic tank by hand. And it has to be done in the same way: bit by noxious bit," she writes.

Read the full op-ed over at The Bulwark.