Mike Pence spent four years serving as Donald Trump’s loyal vice president.
That relationship now appears to be in tatters.
Mike Pence just broke with Donald Trump in the one way no one ever thought possible.
Former Vice President Mike Pence made headlines with a speech he delivered as part of the “Time for Choosing” lecture series at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
Pence’s speech made news for the heavily implied criticism over Donald Trump demanding Pence reject the certified results of the Electoral College at the January 6 joint session of Congress.
At first, Pence praised the accomplishments of the Trump administration.
“President Donald Trump is also one of a kind,” Pence began. “He, too, disrupted the status quo. He challenged the establishment. He invigorated our movement, and he set a bold new course for America in the 21st century. And now, as then, there is no going back.”
Pence ticked off a series of legacy achievements such as confronting Communist China, building a wall and negotiating better trade deals.
But Pence took ownership of his role on January 6 and declared that he was proud to participate in the transfer of power.
“I will always be proud to have played a small part on that tragic day when we reconvened the Congress and fulfilled our duty under the Constitution and the laws of the United States,” Pence began.
Pence then addressed Trump and some of his supporters that argued Pence should have sent the results of races Trump contested in Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Michigan back to the states.
“Now, there are those in our party, who believed that, in my position as presiding officer over the joint session that, I possess the authority to reject or return electoral votes, certified by the states,” Pence started off.
Pence explained that would have been unconstitutional.
“But the Constitution provides the vice president with no such authority,” Pence continued.
Pence even went so far as to declare it “un-American” to ask the vice president to overturn the results of the election.
“There is almost no idea more un-American than the notion that any, one person could choose the American president,” Pence added.
Trump harshly criticized Mike Pence on January 6 for not rejecting Electoral College results in certain states.
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution,” Trump wrote in one of his final tweets before every social media platform banned him.
Even though Pence did not name Trump in his remarks, many pundits took notice of the fact that Pence used his most strident language yet to defend himself over what happened in January and push back on the claims made by Trump and some of his supporters about the course of action they claim Pence should have taken on that day.
Pence likely realized Trump will never support his expected 2024 presidential campaign.
So Pence will gamble there are enough Republicans that want to move on from the 2020 election that Pence can build a winning coalition to secure the GOP nomination.
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