Washington Mike Pence was actually always considered a loyal servant of Trump. At the latest, however, after the storming of the Capitol, the relationship began to crumble. Now the former Vice President is surprisingly clear.
Former US Vice President Mike Pence publicly attacked ex-President Donald Trump for the first time and contradicted him directly. “I heard this week that President Trump said I had the right to overturn the election. President Trump is wrong, I had no right to overturn the election,” Pence said during an appearance in Florida. The idea that a person could elect the President of the United States is “un-American”. The Bible-believing Republican was Trump’s loyal deputy for four years – but distanced himself from Trump after the Capitol attack. He has long been said to have ambitions for a presidential candidacy.
With his comments, Pence was referring to the formal confirmation of the results of the presidential election in Congress on January 6, 2021 – the day of the Capitol attack. “Under the Constitution, I had no right to change the outcome of our election,” Pence said Friday at an event hosted by the Federalist Society, an association of very conservative lawyers. Like him then, current Vice President Kamala Harris will not have the right to overturn the election results. Then the Republicans would beat the Democrats in the 2024 presidential election.
At the time, Pence refused to give in to Trump’s pressure to prevent Congressional certification of the results of the November 3 election. Trump wanted to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory at the last minute. Pence had already declared at the time that his oath to protect the constitution did not allow him to do so. Trump has therefore approached his former deputy publicly several times. Vice Presidents play only a ceremonial role in officially confirming the results of the election in Congress.
The words of the 62-year-old are actually taken for granted – but they are remarkable in this clarity. Trump immediately counterattacked. Pence has become a kind of automatic assembly line to make Biden president as quickly as possible, Trump said through his spokeswoman Liz Harrington. “Well, the position of vice president is not an automatic assembly line when there are obvious signs of voter fraud or irregularities.” Trump to this day refuses to acknowledge his election defeat. He claims to have been cheated out of victory. He has no evidence. Dozens of lawsuits have failed in court.
Trump supporters finally stormed the congressional seat in Washington on January 6 to sabotage the certification of Biden’s election victory. Trumps had previously incited his supporters with his allegations of fraud. Five people died as a result. Unlike Trump, Pence and his wife Karen were guests at Biden’s swearing-in ceremony on January 20, 2021. The man with the always accurately trimmed silver hair had said in the past, looking at Trump and January 6, that he didn’t know “if we will ever agree looking to the day”. However, he avoided the public confrontation and later praised Trump.
Washington has long suspected that Pence himself may have ambitions to run as a Republican candidate in the 2024 presidential election. Should Trump also declare his candidacy, the two would compete against each other as competitors in the internal party competition. Trump is still extremely powerful in the party. Anyone who speaks out against him usually pays for it with his career. Recent examples are Republican MPs Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger. The Republican Party only formally reprimanded the two on Friday for their involvement in the investigative committee into the Capitol attack.