As speculation continues to grow about whether former President Donald Trump will throw his hat into the ring for the 2024 election cycle, he recently made it quite clear that if he does, former Vice President Mike Pence will not be along for the ride as his running mate.
“I don’t think the people would accept it,” Trump told the Washington Examiner with regard to the notion of tapping Pence to play a supporting role on a possible third run for the White House.
Referencing the rift that reportedly emerged between the two in the aftermath of the 2020 contest and Pence’s unwillingness to entertain claims of a “rigged” or stolen election, Trump explained, “Mike and I had a great relationship except for the very important factor that took place at the end.”
Suggesting that their political partnership has not been repaired, Trump added, “We had a very good relationship. I haven’t spoken to him in a long time,” with the former president ultimately adding, “I was disappointed in Mike.”
As the New York Post reported, Trump is not alone in his desire for a continued separation, with Pence recently declaring, “Elections are about the future,” telling fellow Republicans, “we can only win if we are united around an optimistic vision for the future based on our highest values. We cannot win by fighting yesterday’s battles, or by relitigating the past,” in an apparent jab at the former president’s continued claims that outcome-altering fraud occurred in 2020.
Also failing to escape Trump’s ire in the Examiner interview was GOP Senate candidate from Alabama, Rep. Mo Brooks, as Just the News noted, with the former president indicating that he may withdraw the endorsement he previously delivered to the Republican hopeful, saying “Mo Brooks is disappointing. I’m determining right now, has Mo Brooks – has he changed?”
While Brooks was one of the earliest lawmakers to lend their support to Trump’s assertions about irregularities impacting the 2020 election, late last summer, he implored voters not to dwell on those frustrations and to keep their sights trained on what’s to come.
“There are some people who are despondent about the voter fraud and election theft in 2020,” Brooks told a crowd of supporters, according to Newsweek. “Folks, put that behind you. Put that behind you. Yes. Look forward, look forward, look forward. Beat them in 2022, beat them in 2024,” he added.
The audience did not respond favorably to those remarks, according to the outlet, and though Brooks tried to backtrack by declaring that there was “voter fraud and election theft on a massive scale” that deprived Trump of a second term, his initial take did not sit well with the former president, and given the latter’s considerable influence as a potential party kingmaker, time will tell whether irreversible damage to the congressman’s Senatorial ambitions was done.