(RightWing.org) – Former President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence once stood side by side leading America. Now, the two men are at odds, both fighting for the Republican primary nomination. While Trump has remained mostly mum on the issue of his former VP running against him, it appears he’s now taken his gloves off.
Pence Comments on Trump’s Indictments
The trouble seems to have started when Pence commented on the third indictment handed down against the former president. It consists of four counts: conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and an attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, conspiracy against rights, and conspiracy to defraud the United States. He pleaded not guilty, as he did in his other two indictments. If convicted, he faces up to 55 years on those charges alone.
After the charges were revealed, Pence took to Twitter and said, “anyone who puts himself over the Constitution should never be President of the United States.” He said he would have more to say after reviewing the documents but said the situation was rife with distractions.
Pence then went in for the kill and claimed, “On January 6, Former President Trump demanded that I choose between him and the Constitution.” When Pence refused to choose the former POTUS, Trump reportedly told him, “you’re too honest,” a comment the former Indiana governor took and ran with as part of his campaign.
Trump Strikes Back at Pence
Trump didn’t let the comments pass without making his own statements. He immediately took to Truth Social and said his former second-in-command “has gone to the Dark side.” He denied ever asking Pence to choose between him and the Constitution, further lobbing insults and calling him “delusional” and agreeing with an article that purportedly called Pence “not a very good person.”
Trump continued attacking Pence, citing his dismal polling numbers — and he’s not wrong. If Pence has any chance of winning the nomination, he has a lot of ground to make up. As of August 8, the political site FiveThirtyEight has Trump dominating at 52.4% while Pence is in fourth place at just 5.2%. The former VP has yet to indicate whether or not he’ll support Trump if he secures the GOP nomination.
However, while there was some question as to whether or not he’d meet the conditions for the first RNC debate, which is taking place on August 23, that’s no longer up in the air as he is the eighth to qualify. It’s unclear whether Trump will attend.
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