Donald Trump and his former Vice President Mike Pence, the two potential Republican candidates for the 2024 US presidential election, will hold rival rallies in Arizona on Friday.
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The pair, who landed the Republican billionaire in the White House in a successful 2016 campaign, have now split after Mike Pence refused to block Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory certification and backed rival candidates for governor of this southwestern US state.
This remote duel in Arizona — Pence will be in the capital Phoenix to support Karyn Taylor Robson, Trump in Prescott Valley to support Cary Lake — comes a day after new revelations about the former vice president’s condition during the attack on the Capitol. On January 6, 2021.
Mike Pence, who was there to oversee the certification of the election results, had to go into hiding to escape the riots, as did many members of parliament on both sides.
His bodyguards “started to fear for their lives” and “told their families goodbye,” a White House official said on condition of anonymity during a hearing of the House committee tasked with investigating the events of January 6.
Donald Trump has long refused to call on his supporters to leave the congressional seat and again criticized his vice president in a tweet for not blocking the confirmation, fueling protesters’ grievances.
“Arizona finally has a Super Governor. Vote Lake Carey,” Donald Trump wrote Thursday on his Truth social network.
“Looking forward to campaigning with the next Governor of Arizona @Karrin4Arizona!” Mike Pence tweeted.
Retaining a strong hold on the Republican Party, Donald Trump is flirting more openly with the idea of running for president in 2024.
Mike Pence multiplies his interventions at meetings or demonstrations with local election candidates. He hasn’t ruled out running against his former running mate, promising to pray over the issue and that he and his wife, Karen, will go “where we are called.”