Mike Pence wants to run for president in 2024.
But Pence just got hit with a massive curveball.
And Mike Pence heard one word that could end his political career.
Mike Pence continued the slow rollout of his eventual presidential campaign with an address at the Faith and Freedom Coalition.
As an Evangelical conservative, this should have been home base for Mike Pence.
But as Pence began to speak, a small outburst demonstrated the political divide that could sink Pence’s potential 2024 presidential campaign.
During Pence’s remarks, a couple of individuals created a small disturbance by shouting “traitor” at Pence.
“Pence greeted here at Faith & Freedom with cheers as he got on stage, but as he started to speak a woman shouted ‘traitor’ before being escorted out. He spoke over it, ignoring the outburst,” NBC News’ Ali Vitali reported.
The hecklers were ejected, and Pence appeared not to hear the taunts while delivering his speech.
There is a segment of Donald Trump’s base that will never support Mike Pence after what happened on January 6.
Pence alluded to this in a previous speech.
“President Trump and I have spoken many times since we left office,” Pence added. “I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day. But I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people for the last four years.”
Donald Trump and some of his supporters believed Pence had the authority to reject certified election results and send them back to the states.
When Pence did not, Trump viewed it as an act of betrayal.
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify,” President Trump tweeted on January 6.
Mike Pence pointed to the Constitution and explained that he did not have the power to do what Trump asked.
At the conclusion of Pence’s speech, the former vice president received an ovation when he recited his signature line that he was “a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican in that order.”
If Pence runs for president, he will have a base of support.
But the success of Pence’s campaign will depend on his ability to bridge the divide with Donald Trump and his supporters.
And based on the reaction Pence got from some Trump supporters at this speech as well as Donald Trump openly musing about replacing Pence on the ticket in 2024 if Trump runs again, that may be an impossible task.
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