Throughout the Trump administration, Mike Pence was a tireless and celebrated ally.
But his popularity among Americans and conservatives took a hit in Trump’s final months in office.
Now, it looks like there will be some distance between the two, as Trump listed the people he thinks will lead the party moving forward.
He left Mike off the list.
That hasn’t stopped Pence from gearing up.
From ABC Action News:
The former vice president is steadily reentering public life as he eyes a potential run for the White House in 2024.
He’s writing op-eds, delivering speeches, preparing trips to key primary states and launching an advocacy group that will likely focus on promoting the Trump administration’s accomplishments.
Mike Pence has yet to announce any 2024 run, but some speculate he’s gearing up for a big push.
The former vice president is busy doing speeches, preparing trips, and writing op-eds for publications. He could simply be providing encouragement and inspiration to Americans.
Or, he could be laying the groundwork for a big campaign.
Although, Trump raised some eyebrows during a recent interview, when he listed several “future” leaders of the party. He mentioned Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz (who stood up for him after the election) and Ron DeSantis.
But not Mike Pence.
Trump is known for calling out former allies who apparently turned on him. I’m sure Nikki Haley is unlikely to get a shout-out from Trump anytime soon.
Is Trump turning on Mike Pence, after the vice president refused to use his authority to challenge the 2020 electoral college? Trump was expecting Pence to play a key role in fighting for election integrity and it appeared that Pence let him down.
It’s possible that Trump supporters are also holding a grudge, unwilling to welcome Pence into the fold (as evidenced by many Trump bumper stickers with Pence’s name scratched out).
If Pence does want a go at the 2024 race, he might not be able to count on Trump’s endorsement. Whether Trump runs or not, it’s clear that his support for a candidate can mean the difference between victory and defeat.
You better believe whoever runs for president in 2024 needs the Trump blessing. Does Pence have a chance without it?
- Mike Pence appears to be gearing up for a 2024 run.
- He is planning major projects that might be laying the groundwork for a campaign.
- Donald Trump might endorse Pence, based on recent comments.
Source: ABC Action News