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 March 16, 2024

Trump's former Vice President Mike Pence refuses to endorse Trump in 2024

Former President Donald Trump has secured the GOP's nomination and is currently working on finding who will serve as his next Vice President.

However, his old Vice President, Mike Pence, made headlines when he announced that he would not be endorsing his old boss in his bid for a 2nd term in the White House. 

There is a lot of bad blood between Pence and Trump stemming from the January 6th protest at the Capitol.

Trump wanted Pence to reject the electors following the 2020 presidential election and Pence refused.

Trump saw this as a sign of disloyalty on Pence's part and the pair has been split ever since. Pence even tried his hand at running for president but was soundly crushed in the primary as MAGA had no interest in supporting him as he attacked Trump.

Pence takes his stand

During an appearance on Fox News, Pence stated that he "cannot in good conscience" back Trump in 2024 citing "profound differences" with his old boss.

Pence wanted no mistakes made about his position saying, "It should come as no surprise that I will not be endorsing Donald Trump this year."

Many Republicans have suspected that Pence was drifting towards the anti-Trump camp but his appearance on Fox News dispelled any plausible deniability Pence may have once had with Trump's supporters.

Strangely, Pence didn't cite his time in the White House as the source of the divide as he said, "Look, I'm incredibly proud of the record of our administration. It was a conservative record that made America more prosperous, more secure and saw conservatives appointed to our courts in a more peaceful world."

He then went on to say, "That being said, during my presidential campaign, I made it clear there were profound differences between me and President Trump on a range of issues, not just our difference on my constitutional duties that I exercised on Jan. 6."

However, while the two may have differences, Pence's decision to come out and loudly proclaim his opposition to Trump will do him no favors if he has further political ambitions.

Picking the losing side

Mike Pence is throwing his lot in with the anti-Trump camp in the Republican Party, which has lost the support of most Republican voters who can be better described as Trump supporters.

In fact, Trump has become the Republican Party at this point. The establishment Republicans who tried to stop him, namely Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney, are all reviled by conservative voters.

Pence may not agree with Trump on a variety of issues but it doesn't seem like intelligent decision-making to so firmly set himself up on the losing side. There's virtually no chance that he will ever again be elected into a significant position without the support of Trump's voters.

Written By:
Robert Hoel

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