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Did Pence Just Signal the Start of a GOP Civil War Against Trump?

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Virtually every poll conducted among rank-and-file Republicans since the 2020 election has revealed the same result. If he runs for president once more, Donald Trump would rout whatever candidate(s) might be brave enough to take him on for the 2024 GOP nomination — even in a matchup with the right’s newest heartthrob, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. But is Trump’s lead in hypothetical scenarios substantial or intimidating enough to run off any and all challengers?

It is becoming increasingly clear that, as far as Trump’s vice president is concerned, the answer is no. Indeed, Mike Pence has been working quietly and diligently, as is his wont, at building an independent power base within the Republican Party. The signals are evident, particularly in recent days, when Pence let loose with an uncharacteristic — and thinly veiled — criticism of his former boss, opining in a speech to conservative donors that “there is no room in this party for apologists” for Vladimir Putin.

The fact Pence said this right after Trump’s sarcastic characterization of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as “genius” suggests the former vice president may be attempting to draw a clear distinction with Trump and appeal to the neoconservatives who revolted over 45’s ascension. Of course, many of those neocons famously left the party altogether and worked with the left to take down the former president.

Plenty of other signs reveal active political planning by Pence. One of the most effective ways to attract the future support of other politicians is to campaign for them and build up IOUs, which come due when the presidential campaign commences.

Pence’s travel schedule of late has been telling. He has crisscrossed the country raising money, campaigning for many congressional candidates, and delivering speeches on policy.

Even more indicative is that he is writing not one but two books. And perhaps the clearest sign of all about his intentions is a list of some of the states he reportedly plans to visit in the near future: Iowa, site of the first presidential primary contest, and South Carolina, where another critical early race is scheduled.

Additional signs of a Pence candidacy abound. His political advocacy group has dropped some $10 million for midterm ads targeting vulnerable Democrats. He apparently will soon release his own “freedom agenda,” whatever that might be. And he is reportedly meeting regularly with the party’s mega-donors.

So, is there likely sufficient support for Pence to give Trump a run for his money? How would he do in a multi-candidate field — which includes Trump, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, also positioning themselves to run, with Virginia’s new Governor Glenn Youngkin already being touted as possible presidential timber — or a field without the 45th president?

How might he match up one-on-one against DeSantis? Any objective observer would have to conclude that the chances of Pence becoming the 2024 Republican presidential nominee are minimal at best.

The party has largely moved on from its traditional buttoned-down conservative image — for which Pence is ideally suited — to a populist, America First identity in the image of Trump.

This former vice president is not exactly wildly popular among the Republican base, as evidenced by his less than 1% showing in the recent CPAC poll of conservative activists. He stands little chance of being nominated and even less of being elected. The only thing of which we can be certain is that Pence challenging the former president would present the kind of divided front that would weaken Trump — a scenario Democrats could effortlessly exploit.

The nagging question is whether that is just what Pence has in mind. That does not mean a Pence candidacy would be inconsequential. The specter of a former vice president, especially this one, breaking ranks with the president who selected him would certainly provoke an intra-party feud that could bring low the GOP. Is it possible that this is just what Pence has in mind and is willing to sacrifice himself to achieve?

After refusing his president’s demand to shake up the final stage of the electoral process on Jan. 6 and taking a beating for it from Trump and his most ardent supporters, might Pence now believe about Trump what the Never Trump contingent has been shouting about for years and seek his revenge?

You can bet the mortgage that Trump’s sworn enemy Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY), among other neocons, would gladly jump on a Pence bandwagon.


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John A OwenD
John A Owen
1 year ago

Clearly, the winning team is Trump for President and Ron Di Santis as his running mate! They will totally smash the rubbish Democraps and people like Pence will fade into the background.

Larry
Larry
1 year ago
Reply to  John A Owen

Winning for our scumbag SATANIC ENEMY ISrael maybe. For US not so much.

DianeC
DianeC
1 year ago

Pence was one of the worst Vice Presidents we ever had! And it seemed like he was great friends with Nancy Pelosi the troublemaker.

Jane
Jane
1 year ago
Reply to  DianeC

A one who like Nasty Pelosi
is no friend to me

Larry
Larry
1 year ago
Reply to  Jane

Those who serve our ENEMY ISRAEL are no friends of mine.. That means Biden AND TRUMP

Steve
Steve
1 year ago
Reply to  DianeC

Yes, a total wimp

Gloria Koepke
Gloria Koepke
1 year ago

He is wasting his time and effort. But I believe he’s doing this to clean his image which will never happen.

bbbD
bbb
1 year ago

HAAAAAAAAAAA! HAAAAAAA! HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
The RNC Titanic Party has had a civil war against Trump since 2015.
How President Trump endured the hatred, betrayals, lies and tactics the RNC used against him, God only knows.

As for Pence, he is a weak, miserable excuse for a human being. He has to build a small army to find the courage to run for president. Trump could do it singlehanded.

Pence is being coached by McConnell, inc. to run because there isn’t anyone else wearing the R brand who will push for the New World Order and the dissolution of the USA and Constitution. Pence will. The coward failed to do his job as described in the Constitution and turned it over to the CCP and DNC commie organized crime syndicate.

EARTH TO RNC: NOT ONE CONSERVATIVE PERSON, NOT ONE PATRIOT WILL EVER VOTE FOR PENCE.

What frightens the RNC Titanic Party run by RINOs is President Trump’s ability to rekindle the American Spirit of 1776. That, and he is honest in his rallies for true conservatives across America who are running for office. Trump is naming names. He should.

Pray, people for God’s help and His miracles to preserve One Nation Under God on the North American continent.

Last edited 1 year ago by bbb
Larry
Larry
1 year ago
Reply to  bbb

I think God is going to DESTROY US as a public warning to the rest of the world. This world is LITTERED with civilizations that became great, then corrupt then GONE

Jacques MerdeD
Jacques Merde
1 year ago

I would still like to know what Pence did to “earn” an envelope at Bush’s funeral. There are rumors of pedophilia. But who knows for sure.

jha
jha
1 year ago
Reply to  Jacques Merde

“” to “earn” an envelope at Bush’s funeral. There are rumors of pedophilia. But who knows for sure.””

well trump was there as well so your “rumors of pedophilia” are probably correct

Larry
Larry
1 year ago

Trump is GARBAGE who betrayed US ALL for Israel, for the clot shot, for the swamp. Dont shed a single tear for this FAKE CONservative RINO P0S. Once in office he took ORDERS from lefty loon BIG Clinton fans Jared 666 Kushner and Princess INCEST IVANKA the converted jewish kabbalist. Married a H00KER from Jizzy MAXWELL’s MOSSAD cathouse, FREED ISRAELI SPIES, Gave our treasury over to Israeli BLACKROCK, funded armed and rescued ISRAELI ISIS and much more. SHOOT THIS SCUMBAG next to Bush, Biden, H0M0BAMA and the Clintons he never arrested nor ever INTENDED TO. How do I know? HE installed all swamp things like Jeffy Sessions then Bill (Epstein CONNECTED) Barr. Same SWAMP

Steve
Steve
1 year ago
Reply to  Larry

you don’t like Israel. Israel no doubt doesn’t like you. Suggestion, Tehran is the place for you

jha
jha
1 year ago

ok so if the republican primary is desantis vs trump we should be prepared to hear the word RINO a whole bunch of times

GrannyD
Granny
1 year ago

Clearly if there is even a flicker of division in the Republican Party they will distract from saving our country. Behind closed doors they better be planning to fight as one entity. Biden already said that they have a plan to add five new seats, etc. well I remember as he sat in his basement and said we have put together the best voting fraud system ever. And they did. Just like he said we have boots in Ukraine, and I’m sure we do. He has to pay to keep Zelenskyy quiet. Stop thinking these are gaffes these are truths. And in reality Putin is trying to save Russia. He doesn’t want his country to become part of the new world order. He likes being their czar. Stop talking and start listening to what the world is saying. We are under a bigger attack then Russia. The new world order will put this world in worse slavery then ever before seen. They will not allow gays, lesbians, transgenders, or Catholics, Muslims, Protestants, Amish etc. you will go do as they say or you will die. Study China at the present, and you see the way the world will be. Putin is, in his own way, fighting to hold on to his ability to have power so that doesn’t happen to Russia. God help us.