Mike Pence Says That He Will not Endorse Donald Trump’s 2024 Presidential Bid

Former Vice President Mike Pence mentioned that he is not going to endorse Donald Trump‘s 2024 presidential bid.

“It ought to come as no shock that I cannot be endorsing Donald Trump this yr,” Pence informed Fox Information’ Martha MacCallum earlier at present.

“As I’ve watched his candidacy unfold, I’ve seen him strolling away from our dedication to confront the nationwide debt. I’ve seen him begin to draw back from a dedication to the sanctity of human life. And this final week his reversal on getting robust on China and supporting our administration’s effort to power a sale of ByteDance TikTok.”

He added, “Donald Trump is pursuing and articulating an agenda that’s at odds with the conservative agenda that we ruled on throughout our 4 years. That’s the reason I can’t in good conscience endorse Donald Trump on this marketing campaign.”

Trump’s administration initiated an effort to power ByteDance to divest TikTok, nevertheless it was blocked within the courts. The Home overwhelmingly handed a invoice this week that might power TikTok’s China-owned mother or father to promote the app, or face a ban on app tales and internet hosting providers.

Pence has beforehand criticized Trump’s conduct in the course of the occasions January 6, 2021, when a mob stormed the Capitol. Pence was presiding over the electoral vote depend that day, however had resisted Trump’s strain to dam the certification of the election in favor of Joe Biden.

In remarks final yr, Pence mentioned that he was “not afraid however I used to be offended. President Trump was incorrect. I had no proper to overturn the election. And his reckless phrases endangered my household and everybody on the Capitol that day. And I do know that historical past will maintain Donald Trump accountable” for what occurred.

He additionally mentioned that “January 6 was a tragic day…I used to be there on the Capitol, and let me guarantee you it was not, as some would have us imagine, a matter of vacationers peacefully having fun with our Capitol.”

He added, “Vacationers don’t injure 140 cops by sightseeing. Vacationers don’t break down doorways to get to the Speaker of the Home. Or voice threats in opposition to public officers. The American individuals have a proper to know what happened on the Capitol on January 6. I count on members of Fourth Property to proceed to do their job. Make no mistake about it — what occurred that day was a shame and it mocks decency to painting it in every other method.”

Pence’s refusal to endorse Trump, although, is a little bit of a shock. Throughout the first Republican presidential debate in August, Pence was among the many candidates who raised their arms when requested if they’d assist Trump even when convicted. Pence dropped out of the race in October.

Pence’s non-endorsement follows a sequence of congressional lawmakers who’ve introduced their assist for Trump’s return to the White Home. Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-KY) endorsed him final week, though he had beforehand condemned Trump’s conduct on January sixth. Trump had additionally made racist remarks about McConnell’s spouse, Elaine Chao, who served as transportation secretary in the course of the administration.

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