The state of the relationship between Mike Pence and Donald Trump is the source of constant speculation.
Now all hell is about to break loose.
That’s because Mike Pence made a confession that will have Donald Trump seeing red.
Mike Pence is on the political comeback trail.
Pence fueled speculation about a 2024 presidential bid with a trip to New Hampshire to speak at the Hillsborough County Lincoln-Reagan Awards Dinner.
The former vice president initially stayed out of the spotlight after leaving office in January.
But after Joe Biden reached the 100-day mark in office, Pence began to re-emerge.
New Hampshire is the first primary state and Pence making a rare appearance at a state party dinner was sure to attract media attention and send signals that Pence was laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign.
The defining episode in the Trump-Pence working relationship was January 6.
Donald Trump believed Pence had the ability to reject the certified Electoral College results from states like Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
Pence pointed to the Constitution saying he had no such ability.
When Pence officially counted the results of the contest following the events of January 6 Trump felt like Pence abandoned him.
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!” Trump posted to Twitter on January 6.
Pence addressed this rift in his speech in New Hampshire expressing dismay over what happened on January 6 and admitting that while he and Trump spoke since leaving office they would never agree on Pence’s role that day.
“Jan. 6 was a dark day in the history of our US Capitol…that same day we reconvened the Congress and did our duty. You know, President Trump and I have spoken several times since we left office and I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day,” Pence told the crowd.
Pence also alluded to his upcoming book deal and hinted some former colleagues in the Trump administration would not be happy with what he wrote.
“You know, I’m writing a book about our time in the White House. Almost everybody’s excited about it,” Pence added.
Donald Trump may be one of those upset by the book since Pence is likely to touch on January 6 and Pence’s New Hampshire comments make it clear he comes down differently on that day than Trump.
If Donald Trump does not run for president, then Mike Pence will likely be a top-tier contender for the nomination.
And while Trump disagrees with Pence on January 6, there are swaths of the party that still support the former vice president.
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