Former President Donald Trump hasn’t announced if he would run for president again in 2024. However, if he decides to do so, he said Mike Pence won’t rejoin him as his vice presidential pick.
On Tuesday, Trump spoke with the Washington Examiner, claiming that the doesn’t “think the people would accept” Pence as his running mate if he decides to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 and win.
Thank you President Trump for not considering Mike Pence as your running mate in 2024.
— TheLeoTerrell (@TheLeoTerrell) March 16, 2022
When Pence was the vice president during Trump’s administration, he was the former president’s most loyal defender, refusing not to go against Trump even when it comes to the hottest political issues. However, their partnership started to break a while before the Jan. 6 insurrection, around the time when the former president demanded Pence to utilize his ceremonial authority in counting electoral votes to overturn the 2020 elections’ results. The then-vice president refused to do this, saying he had no authority, and then proceeded to work with Congress to block any procedural windows for Trump and his allies on congress to carry out the latter’s wishes.
During the insurrection, Pence was brought to safety by Secret Service agents while some rioters were heard chanting “hang Mike Prence” as they approached the House chamber. On the same day, Trump also tweets that Pence didn’t have the “courage” to overturn electoral votes in favor of the former president.
A week following the Capitol siege, a former Pence adviser spoke to POLITICO, saying that Pence was “done with Trump’s bullshit.” The former vice president, later on, mentioned that he and Trump may “never see eye to eye” with regards to the Jan. 6 incident. Additionally, during a speech last month to the Federalist Society, Pence once again said that the Constitution doesn’t give the president the power to reject electoral ballots.
— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) March 16, 2022
Trump still hasn’t announced that he would run for president in 2024, but surveys say that the GOP nomination is his to lose. He won the CPAC straw poll last month in a landslide, getting 59% of the total votes, which is a 4% increase from last year.
Despite this, other Republican hopefuls, such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, have taken kabs at Trump’s record, likely signaling that they are carefully trying to distance themselves from the former U.S. president.