Report: Trump-Pence rivalry is heating up

A new report from The Hill suggests that a political clash is on the horizon between former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence. 

The outlet reports:

Former Vice President Mike Pence is getting more assertive in attending campaign-style events and making appearances that seem to pit him against former President Trump, finding a warm embrace from House Republicans along the way.

Different directions

The Hill based its reporting, in part, on the schedules of both Trump and Pence.

“The former vice president is scheduled to make numerous appearances in the weeks ahead, putting him in direct conflict with Trump in some cases and in others stoking talk of a potential presidential campaign,” The Hill reports.

One example provided by The Hill is Pence’s recent endorsement of Karrin Taylor Robson for Arizona’s governorship. Trump has endorsed Kari Lake. And, interestingly, both men will be in Arizona this weekend to campaign for their endorsed candidates.

As for “stoking talk of a potential presidential campaign,” The Hill cites as evidence the fact that “Pence will also travel to New Hampshire in the first week of August, returning to the early primary state.”

Considering that Trump has now made it clear that he will be running for reelection in 2024, this sets up a potential Trump, Pence matchup in the Republican primary.

Background

It will be up to you, the reader, to decide the extent to which you accept The Hill’s “reporting.” The outlet, of course, leans left, and it’s clear that, whether or not there is actual enmity between Trump and Pence, The Hill would like there to be.

Throughout most of their term, Trump and Pence were on good, even excellent, terms. The men, however, didn’t see eye to eye about at least one aspect of the 2020 presidential election.

Trump wanted Pence, as vice president, to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election when Pence presided over the certification process on Jan. 6, 2021. Pence didn’t believe that he was allowed to do so under the Constitution, so he didn’t, which led to a disagreement between both him and Trump.

But, Pence insists that he and Trump parted amicably and that, although they have gone their separate ways, they don’t have animosity toward one another. Both men certainly seem to be trying to paint that picture.

We’ll have to see if it stays that way.

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