Major Update on Trump’s Running Mate
While there has been no definitive announcement on whether or not Donald Trump is going to attempt to retake the White House in 2024, one thing is 100% clear; if he does run again, Mike Pence will certainly not be his running mate.
Trump and millions of his supporters still feel the sting of betrayal by former Vice President Mike Pence, who refused to go along with Trump’s plans not to certify the 2020 election for Joe Biden.
Trump has yet to announce a 2024 run, but he’s been teasing one since leaving the White House, and according to a soon-to-be-released book, such a run would not include Pence.
“It would be totally inappropriate” to pick Pence as his running mate, Trump said, according to a report from The Guardian, which obtained an advance copy of the upcoming book from journalists Susan Glasser and Peter Baker.
“Mike committed political suicide” when he refused to intervene in the election certification process as the former president had pressed him to do, Trump told Glasser and Baker.
There were definitely signs of a growing rift between Pence and Trump during the final days of his presidency, which reached its apex during the Capitol riot.
In January 2020, Pence ignored Trump’s request to intervene in the process, and he later said that Trump was incorrect to say the vice president had the power to overturn the results of a presidential election.
Though the two are no longer on speaking terms, Pence’s remarks drew outrage from Trump, who, in response, plainly called Pence “wrong.”
Trump and some of his legal advisors believed that proposed changes to the Electoral Count Act gave Pence that authority.
“The reason they want [the law] changed is because they now say they don’t want the Vice President to have the right to ensure an honest vote. In other words, I was right, and everyone knows it,” Trump said at the time, adding “Dems and RINOs” want to block the vice president from ensuring an “honest vote.”
“A great opportunity lost, but not forever; in the meantime, our Country is going to hell!” Trump said.
However, Pence and the majority of legal scholars believe that as vice president, Pence’s job was only to preside over the certification of the Electoral College in what is largely a ceremonial role. He did not have the power to overrule the results under the Constitution.
Since the January 6 attack in the Capitol, where chants of “Hang Mike Pence” could clearly be heard, Pence has spoken out about his role in the day’s events, saying that January 6 was “difficult” to get through and calling it “a tragic day in the life of the nation.”
“I know I did my duty under the Constitution of the United States,” Pence said in a Fox News interview this past January. “But the president and I sat down in the days that followed that, we spoke about it, talked through it, we parted amicably.”