Mike Pence may see himself running for president in 2024.
Now Donald Trump (76) has another competitor. His former right-hand man Mike Pence, 63, is considering a run in 2024. Ultimately, the American people must decide whether Trump can be president again, Pence said in an interview that aired Monday (local time) on ABC television. But he thinks there will be better alternatives in the future.
Pence said he and his family are considering a Republican run. And if that meant competing with his former boss, Trump, he was ready: “So be it.”
Trump is expected to announce a new presidential bid on Wednesday night. Pence is seen by Republicans as a possible challenger to Trump in the 2024 election, as is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, 44, a new Republican darling. For the Democrats, President Joe Biden wants to decide early next year whether he wants to run for a second term. He came out of last week’s general election stronger after failing to deliver a predicted debacle for the Democrats.
More and more Trump supporters are turning their backs
The ABC interview showed how Trump’s behavior during the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol in Washington by his supporters led to the vice president’s split with the president.
Trump supporters stormed the House of Representatives while Pence presided over Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 presidential election. Trump had previously fired up a crowd at a rally near the White House by repeating his false allegations of alleged voter fraud.
Trump also claimed in previous days that Pence could have simply rejected state election results — something legal experts and Vice President Pence said was illegal. During the attack, Trump then tweeted that Pence “didn’t have the guts to do what needed to be done.”
There were calls in the crowd for Pence to be hanged. He pointed out that Pence was escorted into his motorcade by bodyguards but refused to leave the Capitol loading dock. He did not want to give the attackers the satisfaction of seeing his column leave. After the attack ended, Congress, under his presidency, completed the confirmation of Biden’s victory.
Pence condemns Trump’s behavior
Trump’s statements and behavior at the time were dangerous, Pence said in an interview that aired Monday on ABC. “It was clear that he chose to be part of the problem.
Seeing the rioters attack the Capitol enraged him, Pence said. From the loading dock, he worked with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to organize armed forces to protect the Capitol. Pence compared the situation to the response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001: “At that moment, there were no Republicans or Democrats, just Americans.” He did not hear from Trump that day, and the two did not speak again until five days later. (SDA)