Former Vice President Mike Pence is parlaying his time in the White House into a $3 million dollar book deal with a major publisher.
The move is being called by some “the first indication that publishing’s door is opening to Team Trump” since Donald Trump, and many of his supporters and allies, were hit with severe censorship after Jan. 6, the Washington Examiner reported.
Defying cancel culture trend
Trump is still barred from most social media, most notably Twitter, his weapon of choice in the media wars, and Big Tech has grown continually draconian since a riot at the Capitol that sealed Trump’s status as persona non grata to much of the American political and cultural establishment.
The news is hailed by some Trump aides as an optimistic sign, the Examiner reported, noting that Simon & Schuster is hyping Pence’s tome as a glimpse at “one of the most consequential presidencies in American history.”
To be sure, though, some are skeptical. Marji Ross, formerly of conservative Regnery Publishing, the firm that picked up Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) book after Simon & Schuster dropped it, said that Pence’s deal with a left-leaning, New York firm points to an establishment-friendly product.
“I expect Mr. Pence will stay in his lane with his memoir, providing one more example that the liberal media establishment can buy conservatives’ complicity,” Ross said.
Trump, Pence relationship remains unclear
This comes as the relationship between Trump and his former VP remains ambiguous, amid rumors of a rift over Pence’s role in certifying Joe Biden’s victory.
At a recent GOP event at Mar-a-Lago, Trump mentioned Pence in the same breath as “dumb son of a b****” Mitch McConnell (R-KY), both men who failed to take up his challenges to the 2020 election.
“I wish that Mike Pence had the courage to send it back to the legislatures… I like him so much. I was so disappointed,” he said.
However, Pence has dismissed speculation that he and Trump no longer get along.
Moreover, Pence recently launched a political group that describes itself as pitching a middle ground between Trumpian populism and more traditional conservatism, Advancing American Freedom, that won Trump’s endorsement.