Some prominent pro-Trump social media users have offered harsh criticism of former Vice President Mike Pence amid suggestions that the Republican may be looking at a presidential run in 2024.
Though former President Donald Trump remains the favorite to win the Republican nomination in 2024, an Associated Press (AP) report about Pence’s recent activities has set off speculation about the former vice president’s own ambitions.
The possibility of a Pence campaign for the White House was not well received by some prominent Trump-supporting social media users.
Infowars host Alex Jones told his 178,000 followers on Gab that Pence was mulling a run after “betraying constitution, Trump, the American people.”
Jones linked to an article on the Infowars website that accused Pence of having “violated the Constitution by illegally allowing the certification of fraudulent Electoral College votes following the highly contested 2020 election.”
Pence, in his capacity as vice president, presided over the final stages of the 2020 presidential election, overseeing the certification of Electoral College results. Pence’s role in the process was largely ceremonial but some Trump supporters pressured him to help the former president overturn the results of the election and stay in office.
The Infowars article was written by Tom Pappert, editor-in-chief a National File, and the same article appeared at that site.
Pappert said that “it will be interesting to see how a presidential run would turn out” for Pence “[g]iven his deep unpopularity among Trump voters.” The piece also accused Pence of violating the U.S. Constitution.
“Mike Pence has been biding his time to turn on President Trump since Billy Bush Weekend, all the way back in October of 2016,” says Pappert’s pinned tweet from January 7. “He was working with Reince Priebus to toss Trump from the ticket and take his place. He’s never been on our side.”
Telegram channel MAGA Revolution struck a similar tone, claiming in a post to the channel’s 51,000 members: “Pence betrays Trump again with 2024 move” and linking to an article criticizing Pence at the Conservative Brief website.
“Vice President Mike Pence had no problem betraying President Trump and the millions of Americans who voted for him by certifying the 2020 election,” author Martin Walsh wrote in the article.
“Now, he’s apparently gearing up to backstab Trump again and is possibly laying the early groundwork for a 2024 presidential run,” he said.
Conservative and former game show host Chuck Woolery shared the Conservative Brief article on Twitter in a post echoing its headline: “Pence Betrays Trump AGAIN With 2024 Move.”
Chuck Callesto, former candidate for Florida’s 3rd congressional district, said he would back MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell over Pence.
“I would SUPPORT Mike Lindell before I would support Mike Pence,” Callesto said. “Mike Pence has VERY LITTLE FUTURE in the Republican Party.”
Both Conservative Brief and Infowars cited a report from ABC Action News. That article carried part of an AP report on Pence as a possible 2024 contender.
The former vice president is set to deliver his first speech since leaving office at the Palmetto Family Council’s annual fundraiser in South Carolina next month. The content of the speech is not yet known. Pence has not yet publicly indicated an interest in a 2024 run.
Former Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence arrive at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. There has been recent speculation about Pence’s 2024 ambitions. Drew Angerer/Getty Images