It is imperative that Donald Trump be removed or resign from office. He represents an existential threat to the nation. Obviously Pence is a horrible option, however Trump is inept, unfit, dishonest and unethical. Trump is incapable of critical and nuanced thinking making decisions based upon emotion and rarely with any detailed knowledge of the subject at hand. E.g. the healthcare bill.
Looking at it from a risk management perspective I believe there is a high probability of Trump being the root cause of calamity of epic proportion. Epic in that lives and families are at risk, as is another plunder of national treasure. George Bush’s arguably inept and emotional decisions regarding the middle east resulted in the death and harm to hundreds of thousands of people and plunder of perhaps three to four trillion tax payer dollars. We can only imagine the horrific outcomes as a result of Trump’s decision making.
There is no doubt that Trump suffers from Narcissistic Personality disorder. He displays eleven of twelve characteristics as listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association. What Trump says, does and the decisions that he makes are based on emotion, but also filtered through what will nourish his inner child or fatten his wallet. With the possible exception of his youngest child Trump is incapable of empathy. This leaves our country vulnerable to the whims of a person that thinks only of himself.
While Pence is also a liar and his ideology is so far right that he could sign laws that would continue to hurt the poor, immigrants, woman etc., or he could install a right wing judge on SCOTUS. However he is not inept and may possess a modicum of empathy and dignity and most importantly it is much less likely a calamity of epic proportion would occur if he were to govern for two or three years.