Franken Warns Dems: Impeaching Trump Could Lead to ‘Zealot’ Pence

Posted: Jun 21, 2017 7:30 AM

Sen. Al Franken is urging his Democratic colleagues to remember that if President Trump is impeached, Vice President Mike Pence would take over—and in some ways, that could be even "worse than Trump." 

“He’s ideological, I consider him a zealot,” Franken told International Business Times. “And I think that in terms of a lot of domestic policy, [Pence] certainly would be worse than Trump.”

Franken said Pence, who ran Trump's transition team, was behind some of the “very worst” White House Cabinet nominees, including Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

There were some issues, however, that he would feel more comfortable about a President Pence.

“If you’re talking about how we handle North Korea or something like that, I’d probably be more comfortable with Pence ultimately making those decisions than Trump, because of Trump’s personality and character,” said the Minnesota senator.

 Franken also expressed concern over how Trump would react if he were ultimately impeached.

“I don’t know what he will do if he looks like he’s going to be impeached and he wants to deflect,” Franken said. “I don’t know what he’s capable of, and that really does concern me.”