President Trump has officially denounced his former VP pick, Mike Pence.
In an exclusive interview with Washington Examiner, Trump stated that he will not choose Mike Pence as a running mate in the 2024 election.
When Trump was asked by a reporter for the Washington Examiner if he was going to choose Pence as a running mate, Trump replied by saying “I don’t think the people would accept it”.
Ever since Pence decided to accept the electoral college votes on January 6th, Pence’s popularity has severely dwindled among Trump supporters.
— New York Post (@nypost) March 16, 2022
Trump officially kicks Pence to the curb. https://t.co/bpmTgADgaR
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) March 16, 2022
The Washington Examiner had more on the story:
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 Tuesday evening during a wide-ranging telephone interview from Mar-a-Lago, his private social club and political headquarters in Palm Beach, Florida.
The former president cited friction stemming from the aftermath of the 2020 election, suggesting their differences are too stark to overcome. Trump claimed the contest was stolen and wanted Pence to overturn the results during the congressional certification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Pence, who in his capacity as Senate president was presiding over the certification proceedings, refused, explaining the Constitution granted him no such authority.
Trump continues to insist otherwise. He pointed to bipartisan talks on Capitol Hill to reform the Electoral Count Act, the law governing the congressional certification of Electoral College results, as proof his vice president could have thrown out electoral votes from various states and facilitated a second term for the Trump-Pence ticket. The former president called Pence a “really fine person” but signaled their relationship might be irrevocably broken.
Pence doesn't even win his home state of (IN) if he goes up against Trump in (2024) that's a 💯% fact
— Chicago1Ray 🇺🇸 (@Chicago1Ray) March 14, 2022
The New York Post got the scoop too:
Former Vice President Mike Pence’s name should not be expected next to Donald Trump’s during the 2024 presidential election, according to his former running mate, who said people wouldn’t “accept it.”
“I don’t think the people would accept it,” Trump told the Washington Examiner this week, pointing to the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Trump, who has long claimed massive fraud took place during the election, also repeatedly pushed his belief that Pence could have overturned the election results during the congressional certification last year.
“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,” the 45th president said, revealing that the two haven’t spoken “in a long time.”
Now that Trump officially kicked Pence to the curb it will be interesting to see who he picks as his running mate in 2024.