Ex-US VP Pence Declines To Endorse Trump For President

Former US Vice President Mike Pence announced Friday that he will not support Donald Trump in his bid for a second term in the White House.

“It should come as no surprise that I will not be endorsing Donald Trump this year,” Pence said in an interview with Fox News.

US media dubbed the announcement a “bombshell” and “startling,” despite the fact that profound conflicts have driven the two men apart since leaving office, and such endorsement would have come as a surprise.

The two became alienated after Trump attempted to convince Pence to assist him overcome his 2020 election loss to Joe Biden, relentlessly assaulting him on social media when he refused.

After multiple attempts by Trump and his friends to overturn the election results failed, the then-president ordered a mob of his fans to march on the Capitol, where they ransacked the facility while chanting “Hang Mike Pence!”

Pence stated to Fox News that Trump was “pursuing and articulating an agenda that is at odds with the conservative agenda that we governed on during our four years.”

The 64-year-old’s remarks came just days after Trump won enough delegates to claim the Republican nominee to face Biden in November.

Pence was one of Trump’s early primary competitors for the 2024 election, but he dropped out last October after failing to poll in double digits.

 ‘Reckless’

Pence did not offer an alternative endorsement — there are several third-party candidates running — and said he would never vote for Biden, who secured the Democratic nomination this week.

Pence gave Trump years of unswervingly loyal service before the insurrection in Washington.

But he called the president’s actions on January 6, 2021, “reckless” and said they “endangered me and my family.”

Trump had demanded Pence, a former governor of Indiana, to derail the congressional certification of Biden’s electoral victory.

Pence refused, gaining the enmity of Trump’s diehard followers and becoming persona non grata within the hard right “Make America Great Again” movement.

The evangelical Christian also received unwelcome headlines after leaving office over an FBI search of his home — part of a wider Washington scandal over mishandled classified documents — and a subpoena to testify before a federal probe into the Capitol riot, which he resisted.

He defended the record of the 2017-21 Trump administration in his Fox News interview, saying he was “incredibly proud” of its achievements.

“It was a conservative record that made America more prosperous, more secure, and saw conservatives appointed to our courts in a more peaceful world,” he said.

“But that being said, during my presidential campaign I made clear there were profound differences between me and President Trump on a range of issues.”

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