On Saturday, the New York Times ran an article that claimed the GOP was gearing up for a "Shadow Campaign" as doubts about Trump grew within the party. The publication claims that the GOP is preparing itself for 2020 as if Trump won't be on the ballot. Senator John McCain was quoted as saying:
"They see weakness in this president. Look, it's not a nice business we're in."
The article then went on to point out the myriad of ways that Vice President Mike Pence seemed to be creating his own "power base." Pence has created his own fundraising committee, installed a new Chief of Staff for himself (who has made comments to Republican donors that Pence wants to "be ready" for 2020) and, according to one source, his aides have been flirting with economic officials about how they could "help" Pence in 2020.
Trouble in paradise, gentlemen?
Mike Pence responded by releasing this official statement.
Kellyanne Conway spoke up about the article.
While Pence has made it a point to deny the allegation in the article, some people are wondering exactly why.