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Oh Good, Mike Pence Is Going On Vacation

What better time for a little R&R than when your political running mate is refusing to concede the election and admit that losing both the electoral college and popular vote means he has zero chance at a second term in the White House? That’s exactly what we suspect Vice President Mike Pence thought to himself before booking a vacation to Florida this week. 



Mike Pence wearing a suit and tie: US Vice President Mike Pence arrives on stage before speaking at a campaign event in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on October 13, 2020. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI / AFP) (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)


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US Vice President Mike Pence arrives on stage before speaking at a campaign event in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on October 13, 2020. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI / AFP) (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

According to the Miami Herald, the VPOTUS is headed to Sanibel today where he will stay through Saturday. News of Pence’s vacation comes almost immediately after he went MIA for a week following Election Day. Though many suspected that Pence, like White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows had contracted COVID-19 and was just laying low, he was reportedly “active” at the White House last week and just picked, oh, the week of the election to go silent. It seemed strange that, during such a critical time, Pence wouldn’t be out trying to rally support from the Trump administration’s voter base, and even stranger now amid Trump’s impending legal battle to try and “steal” the presidency that Pence would just leave town altogether.

But let’s be honest: Pence’s vacation to the southwest Florida island is rage-inducing for other reasons. After we have all spent the majority of the year either sheltering in place, in quarantine, or just generally not going anywhere because of a global pandemic, the person leading the COVID-19 task force is now leaving town amid a Capitol Hill outbreak and a volatile election that has dissented into a party-line battle to the death.

It’s okay, though, because at least we have these internet reactions to Pence’s vacation to keep us happy and warm.

But before you grow envious of his undeserved week in the sun, would it help to know that it won’t even be that nice when he’s there?

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Mike Pence cancels Florida vacation to help Trump effort to overturn presidential election

Mike Pence isn’t going to Disney World anytime soon.

The vice president scrapped plans for a Florida vacation so he could help lead President Trump’s effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s win in last week’s election, the Washington Post reported.

Pence gave Republican Senators a presentation Tuesday on Trump’s legal efforts to cast doubt on Biden’s victory, and urged them to stick by the president’s side.

The conservative veep has mostly stayed out of the public eye since his boss signaled that he has no intention of conceding the election.



a man wearing a suit and tie: WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10: Vice President Mike Pence arrives for the weekly policy luncheons on Capitol Hill on November 10, 2020 in Washington, DC.


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Election officials will start certifying the results soon, confirming Biden’s win in enough states to win the White House. But Trump is holding firm and continues to insist that Pence and other acolytes stand behind him.

Pence signaled Tuesday that might head down to battleground Georgia to campaign for two Republican senators facing Jan. 5 run-off elections that will decide control of the Senate.

GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler have strongly backed Trump’s claims that the election was stolen from him, and even called on the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to step down over allegations of voter mismanagment.

Raffensperger announced Wednesday that Georgia would do a full hand recount of the votes, as Biden leads Trump by a razor-thin 0.3% in the state.

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Vice President Mike Pence cancels vacation in Sanibel, Florida

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Vice President Mike Pence motorcade leaves Sanibel Island in June 2019.

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A planned visit by Vice President Mike Pence to Southwest Florida has been canceled.

Pence was expected to arrive Tuesday evening at Southwest Florida International Airport before heading to Sanibel and stay through Saturday. But a Federal Aviation Administration advisory was lifted, indicating the trip was off. 

The Washington Post reported that the trip was canceled so the vice president can remain in Washington while President Donald Trump challenges his apparent loss at the ballot box.

Vice President Mike Pence attending a morning service last year at Sanibel Community Church. (Photo: Gail Corbley)

WINK News is also reporting that Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno has confirmed that the trip has been canceled for an unknown reason.

Pence’s office has not commented on the trip or its cancellation. 

Pence and Sanibel: He likes mahi, cookies and vacations on Sanibel Island

Pence last visited in January. He made several trips to the island in 2019. The year before, he stayed for a week and celebrated Easter at Sanibel Community Church.

The trip would have come one week after Election Day. As of Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden was projected to have won 290 electoral votes to Trump’s 214 so far, according to the Associated Press, which has called the race for Biden.

A total of 270 is needed to win. A victor in Georgia, North Carolina and Alaska has not yet been declared.

Earlier this year: Mike Pence lands in SWFL ahead of weekend stay on Sanibel

And:Is Vice President Mike Pence headed to Sanibel?: Big clue says ‘yes’

Neither Trump nor Pence has conceded the race yet.

Pence tweeted Monday that he and Trump would “keep fighting until every legal vote is counted.”

Frank Gluck is a watchdog reporter with The News-Press and the Naples Daily News. Connect with him at [email protected] or on Twitter: @FrankGluck

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Pence cancels vacation in Florida: report

Vice President Mike Pence reportedly canceled his plans to travel to Florida this week for a vacation as President Trump launches legal efforts to contest the results of several states in the 2020 election.



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The Washington Post reported Tuesday evening that Pence was no longer planning to leave Washington, though he has remained out of the spotlight so far in the president’s efforts to raise suspicion about the 2020 election results. A request for comment from the vice president’s office was not immediately returned.

An FAA advisory indicated yesterday that the vice president would be staying on Sanibel, an island near Fort Myers, Fla., where he has vacationed in the past. The Post also reported that Pence offered a presentation to Republican senators Tuesday detailing the specific legal efforts being pursued by the president in each state that decided the election, which news networks projected Saturday would be won by his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden (D).

“Great meeting with @SenateGOPtoday! Told them We’ll Keep Fighting until every LEGAL Vote for President @realDonaldTrump is counted & we’re going to Keep Fighting to send [Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.)]and [Sen. Kelly Loeffler [R-Ga.] Back to a Republican Majority in the Senate! See you in Georgia next week!” he tweeted on Tuesday following his meeting with senators.

His tweet referred to Georgia’s two Senate races, which appeared to be heading to a January runoff after candidates in last week’s elections failed to cross a 50 percent threshold necessary to win outright.

Pence has echoed the president’s calls to count “legal” votes in battleground states where mail-in ballots are still being counted, but has not gone as far as Trump has and alleged that the election was “stolen” by Democrats.

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Mike Pence Celebrates Record COVID-19 Hospitalizations With Florida Vacation

With most of the oxygen being sucked out of the room by Donald Trump’s totally normal attempts to overturn the 2020 election—which got a boost Tuesday afternoon from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo—you might have forgotten there’s a pandemic still raging in the United States. But surprise! There is, and it’s worse than it was this spring. On Monday more than 59,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, the country’s highest number ever, while new infections hit a record level for the sixth consecutive day. As head of the federal government’s coronavirus task force, Mike Pence was presumably made aware of these statistics when he convened a meeting of the group yesterday for the first time in almost a month. And apparently what he’s decided to do in light of these extremely worrisome numbers is…pack a swimsuit and flip-flops, because the V.P. is headed for a little beachside vacation, baby!

That’s right, the man ostensibly in charge of the government’s response to a deadly disease that has infected 10 million in the U.S. is putting up his out-of-office message and getting some much-deserved R&R!

To be fair, it’s not as though Pence has been doing a bang-up job controlling the virus to date, so his absence will seemingly have little impact on the situation, which is to say: It’ll probably continue to spiral out of control whether or not he’s sipping a virgin daiquiri and yelling at Mother to pass him a beach towel so he can hide his eyes from the heathen displays of flesh on the beach. Under his tutelage, hospitalizations have surged an astounding 73% in the last 30 days, with experts predicting the U.S. could soon hit 200,000 new infections daily. It also appears that the administration held another super-spreader event on election night, with multiple people testing positive after attending Trump’s viewing party. The administration has of course claimed the virus is under control, which is a lie, and on Monday, tried to take credit for the news that a vaccine from Pfizer proved more than 90% effective in early trials, before the company promptly told it to fuck off.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden has announced his COVID-19 task force. Shockingly, it’s comprised of actual physicians and health experts, one of whom has a bleak warning for the country. Speaking to CNBC, infectious disease expert Dr. Michael Osterholm said the next several months will be “the darkest of the pandemic,” predicting that the number of new daily infections is “going to continue to increase substantially.” He added that “we have not even come close to the peak and, as such, our hospitals are now being overrun. The next three to four months are going to be, by far, the darkest of the pandemic. I don’t think America quite gets this yet. This is going to get much worse.” All of which makes it exponentially more fucked up that the Trump administration is actively blocking the handoff of transition resources to the Biden team, as

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Where Mike Pence Should Go On Vacation: Guantanamo, a Packed DMV

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It has only been three days since Joe Biden was announced the winner of the 2020 Presidential election, a decision Republicans are denying with the kind of ferocity I thought they only reserved for climate change and the existence of the covid-19 pandemic. And yet, despite the brief interlude, the soon-to-be former Vice President Mike Pence has decided it is time to go on vacation to Sanibel, an island off Fort Myers along Florida’s Gulf Coast. For some reason he’s attended church services there before, Tampa Bay Times reports, as if Pence isn’t a sentient demon waltzing around this country in a human suit. I wonder if he knows the body of water he’ll enjoy is the Gulf of Mexico. I assume this would be a turnoff. 

At any rate, I thought it would be appropriate to list off a few suggestions of where Pence should go on vacation that is not Florida. You know, places where he’d feel more at home:

10. Quarantine. There’s a pandemic waging havoc, no one should be going on a beach vacation right now, especially the goddamn Vice President of the United States of America. At least he won’t be that for very much longer, am I right?

9. One of his administration’s beloved immigrant detention centers.

8. A music festival’s port-a-potty, after the sun has set and it has been in use all day. It’s dark, he’ll miss Coldplay, and what was that squishy thing?

7. A dump. (The flies will finish their bidding.)

6. A populous Midwestern DMV at the end of the school year, when most high school freshman have passed their mandatory Driver’s Education course.

5. A public school and/or hospital with limited PPE.

4. Conversion therapy camp, where he will undergo “therapy,” for his homophobia.

3. Guantanamo Bay

2. War

1. Hell…. It had to be said.

Byeeeee!

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Mike Pence is taking a vacation in Florida, but he’s not going to Disney World

MIAMI — Being vice president is a tough job. Especially one who has just been voted out of office and is fighting to stay in it.



a person standing in front of a boat: Vice President Mike Pence disembarks Air Force Two at Kinston Regional Jetport Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Kinston, N.C.


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Vice President Mike Pence disembarks Air Force Two at Kinston Regional Jetport Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Kinston, N.C.

So Mike Pence can’t be blamed for wanting a little R&R.

Where is he going? Florida, of course.

The vice president isn’t heading to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach or Disney World near Orlando. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the 61-year-old Indiana native is headed to Sanibel on Tuesday and will stay through Saturday.

Pence has reportedly vacationed in the area before, but not likely when a tropical storm is hanging around.

The vice president’s office didn’t immediately comment Monday about the getaway, so we will have to assume what he’ll do on his trip. We also aren’t sure if his wife, teacher Karen Pence, will be along for the ride.

We can be certain the itinerary will not include soaking up sun on the beach. Unfortunately, the weather on the Gulf Coast isn’t looking too hot. According to local weather reports, Tropical Storm Eta brought heavy rain, high winds and some downed trees to Southwest Florida on Monday.

A forecast for Lee County, where Sanibel is located, shows continuing showers and overall poor conditions through at least Thursday.

“Go ahead and secure anything you may have in your property that may be blown away, an umbrella, furniture, any signage, and just be prepared for about three days of poor weather,” Keith Williams, Sanibel’s director of community services, told TV station Fox 4.

On Saturday, when Pence is set to return home to Washington, D.C., the sun will be back out in Sanibel.

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Vice President Mike Pence going to Florida on vacation

Being vice president is a tough job. Especially one who has just been voted out of office and is fighting to stay in it.

So we can’t blame Mike Pence for wanting a little R&R.

Where is he going? Florida, of course.

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VPOTUS isn’t heading to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach or Disney World near Orlando. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the 61-year-old Indiana native is headed to Sanibel on Tuesday and will stay through Saturday.

Pence has reportedly vacationed in the area before, but not likely when a tropical storm is hanging around.

The VP’s office didn’t immediately comment about the getaway on Monday, so we will have to assume what he’ll do on his trip. We also aren’t sure if his wife, teacher Karen Pence, will be along for the ride.

We can be certain the itinerary will not include soaking up sun on the beach. Unfortunately, the weather on the Gulf Coast isn’t looking too hot. According to local weather reports, Tropical Storm Eta brought heavy rain, high winds and some downed trees to Southwest Florida on Monday.

A forecast for Lee County, where Sanibel is located, shows continuing showers and overall poor conditions through at least Thursday.

“Go ahead and secure anything you may have in your property that may be blown away, an umbrella, furniture, any signage, and just be prepared for about three days of poor weather,” Keith Williams, Sanibel’s director of community services, told Fox 4.

On Saturday, when Pence is set to return home to Washington, the sun will be back out in Sanibel.

Celebrity/real time news reporter Madeleine Marr has been with The Miami Herald since 2003. She has covered such features as travel, fashion and food. In 2007, she helped launch the newspaper’s daily People Page, attending red carpet events, awards ceremonies and press junkets; interviewing some of the biggest names in show business; and hosting her own online show. She is originally from New York City and has two daughters.

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Vice President Pence to reportedly vacation in Florida

Vice President Mike Pence is preparing for some much-needed rest and relaxation.

The vice president will travel Tuesday to Sanibel, Fla., and is scheduled to stay put until Saturday, according to flight logs from the Federal Aviation Administration.

News of the trip comes two days after Pence and President Trump lost their 2020 re-election effort to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

While Biden and Harris have claimed victory, Trump has refused to concede the race, vowing to fight the election outcome in court and questioning its legitimacy.

Pence has not commented on their 2020 loss yet, and his representatives did not respond to The Post’s request for confirmation of the Florida vacation.

It is not clear if second lady Karen Pence will be joining the vice president, who has vacationed on the island off Florida’s Gulf Coast several times before.

While Pence will be soaking up the sun in a state he and Trump carried in their 2020 fight, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he will be filing up to 10 lawsuits alleging election fraud.

Speaking to Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” the former NYC mayor argued, “At this point, it would be wrong for him to concede.”

Besides a single example alleged by the Trump campaign of voter fraud in Nevada, which would not have been enough to sway an entire election outcome if proven, the team has not provided evidence of widespread fraud.

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Pence Plans Trip to Florida Vacation Spot as Trump Contests Vote

(Bloomberg) — Vice President Mike Pence is planning to travel to Sanibel, Florida, on Tuesday — a regular vacation spot for his family — as President Donald Trump fights to try to reverse his re-election defeat, according to a person familiar with the matter.



Mike Pence wearing a suit and tie: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence listens during a news conference at the White House in Washington D.C., U.S. on Monday, April 20, 2020.


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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence listens during a news conference at the White House in Washington D.C., U.S. on Monday, April 20, 2020.

The Federal Aviation Administration placed a VIP flight restriction zone on the Florida island from Tuesday to Saturday. Pence is the VIP, the person said, and intends to travel to the island on Tuesday.

Pence said in a February speech that he’s been vacationing in Sanibel for 30 years. “The president goes to Palm Beach; I go to Sanibel Island,” he said.

His office did not respond to requests for comment.

Trump has mounted legal and public relations efforts in four states to try to sow doubt on the election outcome and throw out ballots in order to potentially swing the result in his favor. He has claimed without evidence that Joe Biden benefited from illegal votes.

Some of Trump’s allies have noted that Pence has been largely absent from the effort, beyond supportive tweets. One was issued Friday after Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., called out Republicans who aspire to run for president in 2024 for not doing more to back the president.

Pence said Monday on Twitter that he had told his staff “it ain’t over til it’s over, and this AIN’T over!”

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