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Mike Pence had no problem betraying Trump and the millions of Americans who voted for him by certifying the 2020 election.
Speaking at a dinner hosted by the Hillsborough County Republican Committee in New Hampshire, Pence said he and Trump have spoken “many times” since leaving office.
But, Pence added, “I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day.”
“January 6th was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol. But thanks to the swift action of the Capitol Police and federal law enforcement, violence was quelled, the Capitol was secured,” Pence said.
“And that same day, we reconvened the Congress and did our duty under the Constitution and the laws of United States. (…) You know, President Trump and I have spoken many times since we left office. And I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day. But I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years,” he continued.
“And I will not allow Democrats or their allies in the media to use one tragic day to discredit the aspirations of millions of Americans,” he added.
Earlier this year, a report detailed how Pence appears to be 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.
Pence also has discussed writing a book, has been in continuous 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.