Olivia Troye, Mike Pence’s former aide, endorses Joe Biden & slams Trump

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Olivia Troye was a counterterrorism and homeland security specialist who worked in Vice President Mike Pence’s office. She helped coordinate the coronavirus taskforce which Pence was (sort of) in charge of. She’s described as a “major participant” in the task force’s work, and she’s said to have worked closely with Mother’s Husband for years. She also describes herself as a lifelong Republican, a Bush Republican who didn’t vote for Donald Trump but still hoped he would turn into a good president. But now she’s left her job and she’s publicly endorsing Joe Biden. Here’s the commercial she filmed for Republican Voters Against Trump:

Trump calls his own supporters and Nazi-ralliers “disgusting” huh? Who would have thought. And who would have thought that behind the scenes, everything was amateur hour as all of these professionals were forced to bow and scrape to an unhinged nutjob who only cared about re-election. Troye also spoke to media outlets yesterday:

President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic showed a “flat-out disregard for human life” because his “main concern was the economy and his reelection,” according to a senior adviser on the White House coronavirus task force who left the White House in August.

Olivia Troye, who worked as homeland security, counterterrorism and coronavirus adviser to Vice President Pence for two years, said that the administration’s response cost lives and that she will vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden this fall because of her experience in the Trump White House.

“The president’s rhetoric and his own attacks against people in his administration trying to do the work, as well as the promulgation of false narratives and incorrect information of the virus have made this ongoing response a failure,” she said in an interview.

Troye is the first Trump administration official who worked extensively on the coronavirus response to forcefully speak out against Trump and his handling of the pandemic. She joins a growing number of former officials, including former national security adviser John Bolton and former defense secretary Jim Mattis, who have detailed their worries about what happened during their time in the administration while declaring that Trump is unfit to be president.

The White House dismissed Troye as a disgruntled former employee, minimized her role on the task force and disputed her characterization that the pandemic response has not gone well.

“Ms. Troye is a former detailee and a career Department of Homeland Security staff member, who is disgruntled that her detail was cut short because she was no longer capable of keeping up with her day-to-day duties,” retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, Pence’s national security adviser, said in a statement. “Ms. Troye directly reported to me, and never once during her detail did she ever express any concern regarding the Administration’s response to the Coronavirus to anyone in her chain of command. By not expressing her concerns, she demonstrated an incredible lack of moral courage.”

Troye had an inside view of the White House’s pandemic response, which polls show is hurting the president with voters, and her review of the effort is scathing. She said in an interview that she would be skeptical of any vaccine produced ahead of the election because of worries that its release was due to political pressure. “I would not tell anyone I care about to take a vaccine that launches prior to the election,” she said. “I would listen to the experts and the unity in pharma. And I would wait to make sure that this vaccine is safe and not a prop tied to an election.”

[From The Washington Post]

I can smell the bullsh-t from here: “…never once during her detail did she ever express any concern regarding the Administration’s response to the Coronavirus to anyone in her chain of command. By not expressing her concerns, she demonstrated an incredible lack of moral courage…” Would they say the same about Jim Mattis or all of those military men who sucked it up and did whatever nutburger fascist sh-t Trump told them to do? Don’t get me wrong, NO ONE in the Trump administration is a profile in courage. All of them are the absolute worst, and all of them 100% knew what they were signing up for. All of them lack moral courage. But at least someone like Olivia Troye is f–king trying. At least she’s trying to buy back her soul.

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    Kellogg attacks her but doesn’t say she’s lying, doesn’t say she’s wrong. Just says she didn’t tell him. Kellogg lacks the moral courage to do the right thing.

    • Noodle says:

      And if she did report her concerns, demonstrating moral courage, she would be dismissed for insubordination or, let’s get real, arrested by Barr for sedition.

      • AA says:

        What absolute piffle. SHE has the courage speaking out now. Moral and courageous – exactly the opposite of the Trump administration.

        Reminds me of when i complained about inappropriate senior management behaviour to HR. *I* was called out for not calling them out on it. Piffle and piffle again. This world makes me rage!!!

      • Lady2Lazy says:

        @ Noodle, absolutely! And her family never would have known where she went. Barr would have kept her locked up until after the election. We have a Nazi president and other sidekick who wants to be loyal by committing crimes running this country into the ground. I hope that Barr is brought up on criminal charges. And they had better not represent that Orange Blob in court for that sexual assault case because I am not paying for that!!

    • pottymouth pup says:

      Kellogg also has a history of speaking highly of her & her work so I guess that “good Christian” adherence to the “don’t bear false witness against your neighbor” rule of the 10 commandments is out the window yet again

      As for she didn’t raise her concerns commentary – I can’t fault her for that, everything she had concerns about came directly from Trump himself so what would pointing out how dangerous he was being have achieved but getting her shit-canned

    • Pusspants says:

      @ Lightpurple Thank you for saying this! He’s saying she lacks moral courage for not speaking out sooner, which implies there was something worthy of speaking out about. Otherwise, wouldn’t he have just said, “that’s not true.” I hate these morons!

  2. julia says:

    LOL. Let’s be real here. She’s only looking to make a paycheck. She sold her soul to the devil a long time ago. And she’ll sell it again to the highest bidder.

    • bluemoonhorse says:

      Yep. What is sadistically funny here is how an invisible enemy who won’t be stopped by their lies (covid) is why these people are flipping faster than pancakes. That and they smell the Orange Nazi Leader will soon be out of a job. They have to scramble and start denying they knew of illegal hysterectomies, concentration camps, and the subornation of the CDC medical guidelines.

  3. Astrid says:

    I don’t think any of these “converts” should be getting a cookie and a book deal. I’m glad they’re speaking out now but they drank the cool aid and benefited from years of grift, thinking they could get away with being a sycophant.

  4. Stacy Dresden says:

    Grateful for another defector

  5. Sayrah says:

    What else would they say about her? Sure, she was bad at her job and is mad she was let go. That’s their line for everyone who has spoken out about this cesspool of an administration.

  6. Christin says:

    Better late than never.

    If she had audio of him calling his followers “disgusting”, would it matter? I have hoped for a Face in the Crowd-style unmasking (like the scene where the main character is caught on hot mic crudely disparaging the listeners who made his success). Now, I think the gaslighting is so routine that it would be dismissed as fake or just a joke.

    • lucy2 says:

      You’re right, none of it matters to his supporters. He could spit in their faces and they would view it as an honor. It’s insane.
      I do hope groups like this and the Lincoln Project are helping some Never Trump Republicans choose to vote FOR Biden instead of just not voting at all.

      • Christin says:

        So do I. Sitting this one out is not a viable option, whether someone is 18 or 88.

        Someone on TV last night said that this US election is the most pivotal since 1864.

    • Anh says:

      I’ve dreamed of this. But Trump will probably just claim it’s a fake audio and his base will believe it. I remember someone close to him revealing that, at some(?) stage, he genuinely thought the Access Hollywood tape was doctored.

  7. Mumbles says:

    When we hear from her again, she’ll be a national security adviser for the Tom Cotton presidential campaign in 2024. These people aren’t the Dems’ long term friends. This is transactional for them. She worked for PENCE, for heaven’s sakes.

    • lucy2 says:

      I don’t think anyone is expecting people like her to become Democrats or suddenly change their worldview. But right now I’ll take any vote and any voice against Trump, because his incompetence and narcissism is killing the country. We get him out by any means, and then everyone goes back to their sides to argue about politics again.

      • trashaddict says:

        Speaking of killing the country, Ruth Bader Ginsberg is dead. I haven’t cried in while because I thought there was nothing worth crying about any more. I was wrong. Waste-of-space Mitch McConnell has already said the Rethuglicans will put up a candidate to replace her on the court. May he rot in hell when he dies, preferably by suffocating from Covid.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      I agree. They still hold all the same horrible beliefs, they are just trying to escape this particular situation so they don’t get blamed for all that has happened.

    • StellainNH says:

      She is one of many vile people who have turned against the IMPOTUS. We can use them, then cast them aside.

    • Christin says:

      I understand this point, but right now I just want us to make it to 2024.

      These people speaking out are helpful for us in this moment.

  8. Just a thought says:

    I’m happy, I suppose, to hear more people coming out to speak the truth. What I REALLY want to hear all of them say is that they’re not just voting for Biden; they will also be voting against each and every R on the down ballot. Otherwise it really doesn’t seem to make a difference. Orange sh@$bag couldn’t have gotten away with all of this if he didn’t have a whole ton of enablers.

  9. Teebee says:

    I used to want these people to come out with truthful experiences, no matter the timing, and would hold nothing against them for doing so.

    But the lack of real impact these exposes have, sometimes even having the opposite effect with his base, has made me even more sad and cynical.

    Trump will never be sorry, or remorseful, never apologetic, never contrite, for as long as he lives. He will never look back at his time as POTUS and wish he’d been better. His time in office has actually made him worse, if that was ever possible, than he ever would have been as a private citizen. People have died under his watch. We are worse as a global community because of his tenure.

    The only thing that will restore my faith in humanity is if he loses in November. And more and more my belief in that happening is thinning daily.

    I’m sorry to be so deflated. I love this site for its camaraderie around this subject, but my hope is flagging. And I don’t even live in the US. Full disclosure, I am American born but haven’t held US citizenship since the mid 80s. I loved visiting the US, but haven’t in years. Sadly will not do so until Trump is gone. All my hope goes to my fellow Americans that want Trump gone. I am here for you. No matter what happens.

    • Christin says:

      We’ve been so gaslit that it’s hard to believe this could ever be corrected with a fair election. Yet in 2016, the novelty candidate did not get the popular vote, when running against an arguably polarizing female candidate.

      Therefore, it’s equally hard for me to believe that a substantial bloc of voters have moved over to him, especially given the current state of the pandemic and economy. My gut belief is that he has an extremely vocal, mostly unshakeable (but minority in numbers) base.

      • sassafras says:

        The polls have been showing for a while now that this electorate is baked. 99 percent of Americans know where they stand on Trump and how they would vote. The key part now is getting out the vote. Why do you think *Rump is attacking the counting of the votes? The mail-in ballots? Only people who think they’re going to lose attack the refs before a game. Everyone who wants Trump gone needs to volunteer, talk to their friends & family about their plan for early voting, buy cases of water and snacks to donate at voting locations with long lines. Early voting is STARTING, people! Start doing things!!!

  10. Valerie says:

    He’ll soon release a statement wherein he claims that he never met her, but that right now, she’s being very unfair and saying terrible things.

    His base is so amoral it doesn’t matter what comes out. No matter how damning it is, they will find a way to justify it. If they can’t do that, they’ll dismiss it as fake news and throw in a few gender-based insults for good measure.