Trump Responds After Pence Reveals He Won’t Endorse Him

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( – On Tuesday, March 19, former President Donald Trump dismissed his former Vice President’s decision to not endorse him in the 2024 presidential race. 

When Trump was asked about Mike Pence’s recent announcement that he would not be backing his presidential campaign, Trump answered that he “couldn’t care less.” He proceeded to say, “We need patriots” and added that strong individuals are needed due to the rapid decline in the country.

According to The Hill, Trump maintained that the country did not need weak people but rather strong ones. On Friday, March 15, Pence announced that he could not “in good conscience” endorse the former President considering their policy disagreements and Trump’s behavior leading up to and relating to the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol attack. 

In a statement, Pence said that the conservative movement was at a crossroads and that he would be fighting for the foundational conservative principles that their movement has extolled.

In November, Trump, who is the presumptive Republican nominee in the election, is widely expected to have a rematch with President Joe Biden. 

During his first term in office, Pence was reportedly very supportive of Trump. However, during his 2024 Republican primary campaign, Pence turned to one of the most vocal critics of the former President. Last October, Pence withdrew his presidential campaign for the upcoming election after he did not manage to gain enough traction with the Republican electorate. 

For around two years, Pence has repeatedly spoken up about his disagreements with Trump over the past election. When he launched his presidential campaign, Pence argued that the actions taken by Trump on Jan. 6 should disqualify him.

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