President Donald Trump has not exactly made official his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election; however, he just ended one of the mysteries surrounding his potential White House bid.
Namely, his former Vice President, Mike Pence, is not going to be the running mate on his 2024 presidential election ticket.
Relations between Trump and Pence soured tremendously since January 2021, after Pence refused to use his position as president of the Senate to take any actions that may have disputed the 2020 election results.
All Good, Except for That Thing ‘At the End’
According to Pence’s interpretation of the vice president’s responsibilities, he had no such powers of overturning election results, which has naturally infuriated his ex-boss.
Now, Trump argues his former vice president just wouldn’t sit well with the American voters.
More specifically, Trump declared in an interview with the Washington Examiner that he doesn’t think the “people would accept” Pence being on his ticket once again.
At the same time, however, Trump’s words about his former veep made an impression; he seemed to harbor no bitterness towards Pence, or at least he didn’t show it.
Trump recalled that he and “Mike had a great relationship” during their four years in office, barring Pence’s refusal to employ methods designed to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Trump further disclosed he and the former vice president haven’t actually spoken with one another “in a long time”.
BREAKING: Trump confirms Pence will not be on 2024 Presidential ticket
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DJTrumpjr) March 16, 2022
Thank you President Trump for not considering Mike Pence as your running mate in 2024.
— TheLeoTerrell (@TheLeoTerrell) March 16, 2022
BREAKING: Putin decides Mike Pence will not be Trump's running mate in 2024.
— Middle Age Riot (@middleageriot) March 16, 2022
Relationship Damaged ‘Beyond Repair’
In his interview out of his Mar-a-Lago compound in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump also directly admitted that he and Pence had “friction” since the last presidential election.
The last time Mike Pence spoke publicly, he said he didn’t have the right to overturn the election results during a speech before the Federalist Society earlier this year.
Trump since criticized his former vice president for acting as what he described as a “human conveyor belt” who sent the “fraudulent votes” for certification to “Old Crow” Mitch McConnell, the GOP leader in the Senate.
In his latest interview, Trump nevertheless called Mike Pence “a really fine person,” but revealed their relationship has been damaged in a way that cannot be repaired.
Trump has hinted strongly time and again that he will be running. However, the former president isn’t making his candidacy formal because of campaign rules about election fundraising and media appearances that would put him at a disservice.
With Trump making it explicitly clear Pence isn’t going to be his running mate in 2024, the former vice president is understood to be considering his own candidacy for the White House.
As he has been distancing himself from Trump on the matter of the 2020 election results, Pence would likely not end his bid if his ex-boss announces his, as some other GOP hopefuls promised to do.
Trump used Pence to appease the Christian Right. Since they now overwhelmingly worship him on his own, Pence is useless to him. https://t.co/qz0vUR9RUD
— Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) March 16, 2022
BREAKING: Trump rules out Pence as his VP if he runs again in 2024.
Who do you think he will pick?
— Nathalie Jacoby (@nathaliejacoby1) March 16, 2022