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Pence Aide Teases GOP 'Purge' in Lieu of Getting 'Shellacked' in '18

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By    |   Tuesday, 03 October 2017 04:41 PM

Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Tuesday floated the idea of a "purge" of GOP lawmakers who do not get behind President Donald Trump's legislative agenda.

In remarks to donors at a Republican National Committee event in Washington, Nick Ayers warned the GOP could get "shellacked" in an electoral backlash in 2018 if Trump's legislative priorities do not get passed.

"Just imagine the possibilities of what can happen if our entire party unifies behind him, if — and this sounds crass — we can purge the handful of people who continue to work to defeat him," Ayers said in an audio recording obtained by Politico.

One donor asked how they could "rally the congressional delegation that does support the president and vice president, and rally them and push them to change the current leadership in both the Senate and the House."

"I'm not speaking on behalf of the president or vice president when I say this," Ayers responded. "But if I were you, I would not only stop donating, I would form a coalition of all the other major donors, and just say two things: We're definitely not giving to you, number one; and number two, if you don't have this done by Dec. 31, we're going out, we're recruiting opponents, we're maxing out to their campaigns, and we're funding super PACs to defeat all of you."

"Because, look, if we're going to be in the minority again we might as well have a minority who are with us as opposed to the minority who helped us become a minority," he said.

Ayers reminded donors of what happened after President Barack Obama was elected.

"Not because anything that the president or the vice president has done or hasn't done, but we're on track to get shellacked next year," Ayers said.

"If we do what we've told the American people for almost a decade we're going to do on Obamacare, and if we pass tax cuts, we're going to have a governing majority for a very long time," he said. "If we fail to do those two things, people who say, 'Well we can't lose the Senate, it's way too favorable,' I disagree with that. I totally disagree with that."

Ayers, a longtime adviser to Pence, was appointed his chief of staff in June. The Georgia native was also Pence's chief political strategist during his time as governor of Indiana.

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