In October 2016, after the “p****gate” tapes were release, close advisers not only predicted it would be Donald Trump’s undoing, a new report states that Mike Pence was plotting a “coup.”
The religiously conservative former Indiana Governor, who Trump chose to be his running mate, was planning to replace Trump as the presidential candidate, the Atlantic reported.
Just hours after the Washington Post broke news about the “Access Hollywood” tape, that had Trump boasting about using his celebrity status to grope women, “Pence made it clear to the Republican National Committee that he was ready to take Trump’s place as the party’s nominee,” according to the Atlantic report.
Pence’s office shot back on Tuesday, saying the “coup plot” story was false, adding an emoji to the post.
Regarding The Atlantic’s tired, false claim about the VP during the campaign — we denied this in the article and deny it again today. Didn’t happen.😴
— Alyssa Farah (@VPPressSec) December 5, 2017
It was no secret at the time that the tape was released, that Pence’s wife, Karen Pence, was “disgusted” by the tape. A former campaign aide said, “she finds him [Donald Trump] reprehensible, just totally vile.”
During a dire meeting in October 2016, former RNC chair Reince Priebus urged Trump to get out of the race immediately. New York magazine reported that Priebus said if he didn’t, he would “go down with a worse election loss than Barry Goldwater’s.”
Meanwhile, a small group of billionaire GOP donors reportedly asked a Trump associate how much money Trump would need to be paid to abandon the race. According to one source, they were told $800 million, but it is unclear if Trump knew about the discussions or if the offer was made, aol reported.
Trump refused to give up, or give in, and came back swinging during the second presidential debate. Trump ultimately won the election in spite of the leaked tape, and those close to him, who had lost faith.