McCay Coppins: Mike Pence Plotted Coup to Replace Trump After Access Hollywood Tape

McKay Coppins of The Atlantic appeared on Morning Joe Tuesday to discuss his extensive profile on Vice President Mike Pence — and described Pence’s attempts to replace Donald Trump during the 2016 election in the wake of the Access Hollywood tape. According to Coppins, following the release of the tape which had Trump on record bragging about sexually assaulting women, Pence “was contemplating a coup.” “Within hours of The Post’s bombshell, Pence made it clear to the Republican National Committee that he was ready to take Trump’s place as the party’s nominee,” he writes. On MSNBC, Coppins explained that during a meeting in the 48 hours after the release of the tape, Trump met with his top advisers at Trump Tower, and then-RNC chairman Reince Priebus said that “Pence and Condoleezza Rice were ready to go in terms of forming a new Republican ticket.” Unfortunately for Pence, as campaign aide succinctly put it to Coppins, Trump “has no shame,” and declined to drop out of the race. “Indeed, two days after the tape was released, Trump showed up in St. Louis for the debate with a group of Bill Clinton accusers in tow, ranting about how Hillary’s husband had done things to women that were far worse than his own ‘locker-room talk,'” Coppins writes. That was apparently enough for the very pious Mike Pence, who was back on the campaign trail the next day. Watch above, via MSNBC. [image via screengrab] — Follow Aidan McLaughlin (@aidnmclaughlin) on Twitter

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