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Vice President Mike Pence had no problem betraying President Trump and the millions of Americans who voted for him by certifying the 2020 election.
Now, he’s apparently gearing up to backstab Trump again and is possibly laying the early groundwork for a 2024 presidential run.
ABC Action News reported:
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.
But Trump’s neglect in mentioning Pence during a podcast interview earlier this month signals the former vice president’s unique challenge — despite years as serving as Trump’s steadfast lieutenant, many in the Republican party now feel betrayed by Pence after he followed through with his Constitutional duty to preside over the certification of the 2020 electoral results, signifying a peaceful transfer of power.
Several prominent Republicans are already being asked about Pence and his chances of running in 2024.
“I think 2024’s a long time away and if Mike Pence runs for president he will appeal to the Republican base in a way that will make him a strong contender,” said Republican Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, who chairs the conservative Republican Study Committee and has already endorsed a Pence 2024 run.
“If and when Mike Pence steps back up to the plate, I think he will have strong appeal among Republicans nationwide,” Banks added.
Since leaving office in January, Pence has pieced together a portfolio aimed at maintaining influence.
He’s forged partnerships with the conservative Heritage Foundation, joined the Young America’s Foundation, penned an op-ed for the Daily Signal about the 2020 election, and recently toured a Christian relief organization in North Carolina.
He will make his first public speech since leaving office next month at the Palmetto Family Council’s annual fundraiser in South Carolina, another crucial primary state.
Pence also has discussed writing a book, according to aides, has been in continued conversation with his evangelical allies, and plans to spend much of the next two years helping Republican candidates as they try to reclaim House and Senate majorities in 2022.
He’s also planning to launch an advocacy organization that aides and allies say will give him a platform to defend the Trump administration’s record.
Making matters even more bewildering, Pence’s allies claim he’s the “natural Trump heir,” someone who can keep his base engaged while winning back suburban voters.
“Obviously Mike Pence has a very different persona, a very different tone. That probably is an understatement,” said former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
“As long as he can still talk about the things that Trump voters care about, but do so in a way that’s more reflective of kind of a Midwesterner, that I think … would be attractive to those voters,” Walker added.
For his part, Trump is keeping his options open.
Trump said two weeks ago “we’re going to take a look and we’ll see” after being asked if he was considering a 2024 presidential run.
“Well based on every poll, they want me to run again, but we’re going to take a look and we’ll see,” he said.
“First steps first, we have to see what we can do with the House,” the former president said.
In other words, Trump seemed to admit that if Republicans take back the House and/or the Senate, he would likely run again.
Why does that matter?
If Republicans win back the House, he won’t be dogged and hounded by Democrats who want to impeach him all the time.