According to Mediaite, the recent political landscape has been marked by strained relations between former President Donald Trump and his erstwhile ally, Mike Pence. Despite their turbulent history, Trump made it abundantly clear that he anticipates an endorsement from Pence for his 2024 presidential campaign, emphasizing his belief that the former vice president owes him his support. Pence, in a surprising turn of events, announced his decision to withdraw from the 2024 presidential race during his speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition Conference last Saturday, causing ripples throughout the political sphere.
During his own speech in Nevada, Trump acknowledged Pence’s withdrawal and noted the growing list of Republican candidates who had thrown their support behind him after exiting the race. In his remarks, Trump highlighted his expectations of Pence’s endorsement, citing their previous political alliance and Pence’s role as his chosen vice president during his tenure. However, Trump didn’t refrain from expressing his disillusionment with the fickleness of political loyalty, referencing the perceived lack of support from Pence.
People are leaving now and they’re all endorsing me. I don’t know about Mike Pence. He should endorse me. You know why? Because I had a great, successful presidency and he was the vice president. He should endorse me. I chose him, made him vice president. But people in politics can be very disloyal. I’ve never seen anything like it.
This strained dynamic between the two figures stems from Pence’s refusal to comply with Trump’s unconstitutional efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, a decision that Trump has consistently resented. Trump’s dissatisfaction with Pence has been exemplified by his previous defense of the individuals involved in the January 6th Capitol siege, including those who vocalized a desire to harm Pence. Testimonies from former aides have further underscored Trump’s animosity, with some affirming that he believed Pence deserved the aggressive treatment from the mob that day.