We are inching closer to the 2024 Election and Americans continue to ask what Trump’s plans are. It’s safe to say that, as Biden fails tremendously, more Americans are eager for a return to an America-first president. Trump has been fairly close about his future plans. He blames campaign laws for preventing him from saying anything definitively. But he’s often promised that, when he does make a decision, Americans will be “very happy.”
One big question that still looms over his potential plans is, who will his running mate be. Perhaps some supporters assume Trump will bring back Mike Pence, who was a faithful vice president throughout his administration. But their relationship ended in the worst of ways, when Pence refused to revoke the 2020 Election results, despite calls from state legislatures to do so. Trump has been heavily critical of Pence, and Pence has only doubled down on his decision in recent speeches.
But now, the 45th president has put away any doubt. Pence is not coming back.
Former President Donald Trump is effectively ruling out tapping former Vice President Mike Pence as his running mate should he mount a third White House bid in 2024 and win the Republican nomination.
“I don’t think the people would accept it,” Trump told the Washington Examiner…
The former president cited friction stemming from the aftermath of the 2020 election, suggesting their differences are too stark to overcome…
The former president called Pence a “really fine person” but signaled their relationship might be irrevocably broken.
“Mike and I had a great relationship except for the very important factor that took place at the end. We had a very good relationship,” Trump said. “I haven’t spoken to him in a long time.” [Source: Washington Examiner]
It appears Trump is making it clear that, should he run for president again, Mike Pence won’t be his running mate. His explanation seems to be that “people,” meaning his supporters wouldn’t accept it. It isn’t a secret that many of Trump’s supporters blame Pence for the state we are in right now. He could have refused to certify the dubious results of the 2020 Election. Because he refused, it put a corrupt and incompetent man like Joe Biden into office.
All the pain and misery of the last year could have been avoided, had Pence been bold enough to do the “right” thing, as some Trump supporters see it. It seems that is something too great for even Trump to overcome, when deciding a running mate. A presidential candidate picks someone who will be an asset to his campaign, not a drag.
But it seems like Trump isn’t willing to slam the man—as he’s done with other former allies. He called Pence a “really fine person,” but admitted he hasn’t spoken with him in a long time. Perhaps not since their administration ended.
This should be a major surprise to those who have heard about Pence’s possible future. He has hardly been out of sight since 2020. He is a member of conservative group the Heritage Foundation. He has appeared at major events and has given speeches. Even recently, he visited Ukraine to offer support to refugees. Could he be angling for a 2024 run himself? It looks that way.
Author: Mac Davis