Trump Reveals Whether Or Not He’ll Pick Pence As 2024 Running Mate
Former President Donald Trump has essentially totally ruled out getting former Vice President Mike Pence as a running made if he decides to do another run for the White House in 2024.
“I don’t think I would accept it,” the former president said to the Washington Examiner Tuesday evening.
Many folks who are loyal to Trump have placed the blame for his loss in 2020 on election fraud in several key swing states and are still mad at Pence for not overturning the results of the Electoral College vote.
Pence, whom Trump called a “really fine person,” has said he had no such power to do so under the Constitution.
Trump believes lawmakers in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin would have awarded him the Electoral College votes needed to defeat President Joe Biden if Pence had sent back the ballots.
“Mike thought he was going to be a human conveyor belt, that no matter how fraudulent the votes, you have to send them up to the Old Crow [Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.],” Trump said during his conversation with the Examiner.
“But that turned out to be wrong. Because now, as you know, [lawmakers] are feverishly working to try and get it so that the vice president cannot do what Mike said he couldn’t do. Obviously, they were either lying, misrepresenting, or they didn’t know,” he said.
“I was disappointed in Mike,” the former president added.
That sentiment resonates with Trump supporters, though the former president also remembered their time in office.
“Mike and I had a great relationship except for the very important factor that took place at the end,” Trump told the Examiner over the phone from his Mar-a-Lago resort located in Palm Beach, Florida.
“We had a very good relationship. I haven’t spoken to him in a long time,” Trump stated.
However, the Examiner said that during their interview with the former president, he seemed to signal that he retains some level of appreciation for the loyalty Pence demonstrated during his administration.
“I still like Mike,” Trump remarked.
“Pence, himself, could be eyeing a run for the ’24 GOP presidential nomination. He has said his ‘focus right now is on 2022’ but recently criticized Trump for calling Russian President Vladimir Putin’s move to invade Ukraine ‘genius,'” the report from Newsmax stated.
“There is no room in this party for apologists for Putin,” Pence went on to say while giving a talk to donors recently, the Examiner said. “We cannot win by fighting yesterday’s battles or by relitigating the past.”