(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – Former President Donald Trump has suggested that former Vice President Mike Pence, who just withdrew from the 2024 presidential contest, should publicly support him.
Speaking to an audience in Las Vegas, Trump mentioned, “People are leaving now and they’re all endorsing me,” and added, “I don’t know about Mike Pence. He should endorse me. You know why? Because I had a great, successful presidency and he was the vice president.” However, Trump also noted, “But people in politics can be very disloyal.”
The relationship between Trump and Pence became strained following the 2020 elections and the events on January 6 at the Capitol. Trump has said that Pence could have altered the election outcome, holding him accountable for not taking such action.
Pence’s announcement to exit the presidential race was made during his address at the Republican Jewish Coalition Conference. He expressed, “It’s become clear to me it’s not my time. I’ve decided to suspend my campaign for president effective today.” He further emphasized, “To the American people, I say: this is not my time, but it is still your time.”
According to a RealClearPolitics average poll, before opting out, Pence was ranked fifth, securing 3.5% of the support. Trump, on the other hand, holds a significant lead with a margin of 46.5 points over the second-placed contender, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Several political figures from the 2024 race extended their appreciation for Pence following his decision. Senator Tim Scott (R., S.C.) praised Pence on X, stating, “The Vice President has been a prayer partner, a friend, and a man of integrity and deep conviction.” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also shared commendations, remarking on X that Pence is a “principled man of faith.”
At the Republican Jewish Coalition Conference, Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., acknowledged Pence’s contributions, saying, “He’s been a good man of service. He has fought for America, and he has fought for Israel. And we all owe him a debt of gratitude.”
Notably, Pence is the second individual to exit the 2024 presidential race in recent times, following conservative radio personality Larry Elder.