Donald Trump commented on former Vice President Mike Pence dropping out of the 2024 GOP presidential primary.
Trump said Pence should endorse him because of his “successful presidency.”
“Everybody that leaves seems to be endorsing me. You know people are leaving now and they’re all endorsing me,” Trump said.
“I don’t know about Mike Pence. He should endorse me. He should endorse me, you know why? Because I had a great, successful presidency and he was the vice president. He should endorse me,” Trump commented.
“I chose him, made him president. But people in politics can be very disloyal,” he added.
President Trump on Mike Pence: “He should endorse me…because I had a great, successful presidency” pic.twitter.com/fnpH05ZId5
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) October 29, 2023
Trump’s remarks follow reports of Mike Pence exiting the GOP presidential primary this weekend.
Pence struggled to gain any traction amongst Republicans in the 2024 GOP primary.
“This is not my time” Pence said.
Quite frankly, it will never be Mike Pence’s time.
Watch the announcement here:
🚨🚨🚨Mike Pence DROPS OUT of 2024 Presidential Race
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 28, 2023
Pence dropping out is a huge win for MAGA:
BREAKING: Mike Pence suspends Presidential campaign….
MAGA WINS AGAIN! pic.twitter.com/1zyzMxMcSX
— DailyNoah.com (@DailyNoahNews) October 28, 2023
The Associated Press shared more details about Pence’s exit:
Pence is the first major candidate to leave a race that has been dominated by his former boss-turned-rival, Donald Trump, and his struggles underscore just how much Trump has transformed the party. A former vice president would typically be seen as a formidable challenger in any primary, but Pence has struggled to find a base of support.
Pence did not immediately endorse any of his rivals, but continued to echo language he has used to criticize Trump.
“I urge all my fellow Republicans here, give our country a Republican standard-bearer that will, as Lincoln said, appeal to the better angels of our nature, and not only lead us to victory, but lead our nation with civility,” he said.
Pence’s decision, more than two months before the Iowa caucuses that he had staked his campaign on, saves him from accumulating additional debt, as well as the embarrassment of potentially failing to qualify for the third Republican primary debate, on Nov. 8 in Miami.
But his withdrawal is a huge blow for a politician who spent years biding his time as Trump’s most loyal lieutenant, only to be scapegoated during their final days in office when Trump became convinced that Pence somehow had the power to overturn the results of the 2020 election and keep both men in office — a power Pence did not possess.
While Pence averted a constitutional crisis by rejecting the scheme, he drew Trump’s fury, as well as the wrath of many of Trump’s supporters, who still believed his lies about the election and see Pence as a traitor.
Among Trump critics, meanwhile, Pence was seen as an enabler who defended the former president at every turn and refused to criticize even Trump’s most indefensible actions time and again.
As a result, an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research from August found that the majority of U.S. adults, 57%, viewed Pence negatively, with only 28% having a positive view.
Throughout his campaign, the former Indiana governor and congressman had insisted that while he was well-known by voters, he was not “known well” and set out to change that with an aggressive schedule that included numerous stops at diners and Pizza Ranch restaurants.
Pence had been betting on Iowa, a state with a large white Evangelical population that has a long history of elevating religious and socially conservative candidates such as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Rick Santorum. Pence often campaigned with his wife, Karen, a Christian school teacher, and emphasized his hard-line views on issues such as abortion, which he opposes even in cases when a pregnancy is unviable. He repeatedly called on his fellow candidates to support a minimum 15-week national ban and he pushed to ban drugs used as alternatives to surgical procedures.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also commented on Mike Pence’s departure from the GOP presidential primary.
“Vice President Mike Pence is a principled man of faith who has worked tirelessly to advance the conservative cause. Casey and I appreciate Mike and Karen for their willingness to put themselves forward in this campaign and wish the Pence family well in their next steps,” DeSantis said.
Vice President Mike Pence is a principled man of faith who has worked tirelessly to advance the conservative cause. Casey and I appreciate Mike and Karen for their willingness to put themselves forward in this campaign and wish the Pence family well in their next steps.
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) October 28, 2023