Mike Pence and Donald Trump left office with a strained relationship.
Pence hoped to fix that problem before he ran for president in 2024.
But now Donald Trump just delivered some really bad news to Mike Pence.
Donald Trump appeared on the premiere episode of Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe’s podcast “The Truth with Lisa Boothe.”
Boothe asked Trump about his plans to run for president in 2024.
But Trump gave a surprising answer.
Before discussing his own ambitions, Trump ticked off a number of Republicans that he endorsed as the future leaders of the Republican Party.
However, there was one name Trump did not mention—and that was former Vice President Mike Pence.
The first two names Trump suggested as potential leaders of the GOP were Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Missouri Senator Josh Hawley.
DeSantis saw his star rise with Republicans as he rejected the COVID hysteria and dismissed calls for a lockdown and mask mandate.
Senator Hawley is the loudest voice on the right to rein in Big Tech and stop Silicon Valley’s censorship of conservatives.
“We have a lot of young, good people,” Trump began. “Ron DeSantis is doing a really good job in Florida. I think Josh Hawley has shown some real courage in going after big tech.”
Trump also named Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders as other leaders of the Republican Party.
“And you know somebody that’s been really terrific is Ted Cruz … And Rand Paul has been great. A lot of people, I mean, really a lot of people have been terrific. Sarah Huckabee is going to do great in Arkansas. I think that Kristi Noem has done a terrific job. A lot of – a lot of very good people, really very good people. The Republican party is stacked,” Trump added.
Trump added that the names he listed constituted a deep bench of potential candidates.
Trump pointed out that every poll of Republican voters shows that Donald Trump wins over 50 percent support in a GOP primary race and that he would make his ultimate decision on running a second term in 2024.
“There’s a pretty deep bench,” Trump stated. “I’ll make that decision sometime later, but there’s a pretty deep bench. If you look at the polls, they love the job that I’ve done.”
Trump’s refusal to name Mike Pence as part of the deep bench was a signal to GOP voters that President Trump still feels bitterness towards Mike Pence.
And if Mike Pence wants to run for president in 2024, Trump can sink his campaign by refusing to support Pence.
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