Former President Donald Trump has said that former Vice President Mike Pence would not be a prospective running mate for him if he runs for 2024. Mike Pence is known to have not agreed to overturn, or rather not certify the 2020 election results at Trump’s command.
In an interview with the authors of The Divider: Trump in the White House 2017, 2021, he said that Pence’s response was inappropriate and he has “committed political suicide” with the decision to not support Trump on Jan. 6.
Pence at the time had refused to stall in certifying President Joe Biden’s victory after the 2020 election results. He also had refused to send electoral votes back to several battleground states over the allegations of widespread voter fraud and irregularities.
Pence at the time had said that his role was a ceremonial one and he didn’t have the right to stop the election results from being certified.
Trump has repeatedly blasted Pence for his lack of loyalty and courage as he refused to support Trump’s allegations. Capitol rioters on Jan. 6 had also repeatedly chanted “Hang Mike Pence,” which Trump had reportedly said according to some of his former aides that Pence had deserved such banter.
Pence has also said that it is no secret that his relationship with Trump was damaged after the events of Jan. 6.
In a “Politics & Eggs” event in New Hampshire last month, Pence also said that the American public deserved to know what had happened that day. He also said in the future he would frequently tell his side of the story.
The book is written by reporter couple Peter Baker and Susan Glasser of the New York Times. They held interviews with Trump in April and November of last year.