Pence dubbed ‘Antichrist’ by Trump supporters because his primary chances for 2024 look slim, claims reports
Republicans view Mike Pence as the ‘Antichrist’ who has been ‘shunned’ by the MAGA movement and don’t believe he will make the 2024 ticket, claims report
- Pence has seemingly hinted at a potential 2024 campaign in recent speeches
- While some places have given the ex-VP a mildly warm reception, he has also faced disturbing crowds who believe he betrayed former President Trump
- Former Indiana governor has been careful not to criticize his former boss, instead praising their achievements during four years in office
- Pence admitted earlier in 2021 that he and Trump will never see ‘face to face’ on January 6.
- A recent 2024 Republican primary poll without Donald Trump showed Pence to be a distant second at 15 percent behind Florida Governor DeSantis
- A poll naming Trump as a candidate pushes Pence into single digits
Former Vice President Mike Pence rejoins the speaking circuit less than a year after his departure, but his reception has been lukewarm at best — and furious at worst.
“There are some Trump supporters who think he is the Antichrist,” an Iowa GOP official told Politico after Pence’s first trip to the state since the election.
A recent poll by the Conservative Political Action Conference showed the ex-VP had just 1 percent of support for a possible run in 2024.
And while Iowa’s Republicans gave him a warm welcome on Friday, calling him a “man of faith,” Republicans in other parts of the country were less friendly.
A recent CPAC straw poll found Mike Pence with no more than 1 percent of support (pictured here in Iowa on July 16)
At a Faith and Freedom Coalition event in Florida in June, Pence was intimidated and called a “traitor” by crowds outraged that he did not stop certifying the presidential election on January 6.
The 62-year-old former governor of Indiana defended his actions in late June, claiming at an event in California that “the Constitution grants no such power to the vice president before the joint session of Congress.”
Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon said supporters of the ex-president “understand that Pence betrayed them” and that as a result, he “is being shunned and removed from the MAGA movement.”
A nationwide poll conducted by Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio showed Pence more favorable by 15 percent in a poll that does not include any other Donald Trump campaign.
He would come second behind Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who gauged at 39 percent without a Trump bid for 2024.
A broad poll of a potential Republican primary field in 2024 without Donald Trump found Pence (left) a distant second behind Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right)
Included in a poll with Trump, Pence’s support falls to single digits, according to Politics.
“It’s just, where would you put it?” a Republican agent who previously worked for Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, questioned in a separate Politics report. “With Trumpsters, he didn’t perform when they really wanted him to perform, so he’s DQ’d there. Then you go to the evangelicals, they have plenty of other choices.’
A former official in the Reagan and George HW Bush White Houses described Pence’s unique position.
“He has to justify to the Trumpistas why he’s not Judas Iscariot, and then he has to show a bunch of other Republicans why he was hanging out with someone they consider an idiot,” Sean Walsh said in the report.
Former President Donald Trump still tops the list of Republican voters for a 2024 candidate, according to Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio.
Pence admitted earlier this year that he would never come “face to face” with Trump during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack that saw him evacuated from the building while supporters of ex-president “Hang Mike Pence” chanted.
For his part, Pence has been careful not to speak in extreme terms when it comes to his former boss.
He said earlier this year that he and Trump might never see it “face to face” during the January 6 uprising, when the then vice president had to be evacuated from the Capitol when angry rioters supporting the ex-president “Hang Mike Pence’ chanted. ‘
However, Pence also said he “couldn’t be prouder” to have served with the populist leader.
For now, his recent posts seem less focused on Trump and more on criticism of the Biden-Harris administration.
“I came here today to say I’m tired of it after 177 days of open borders, higher taxes, runaway spending, reprimanding the police, abortion on demand, censoring free speech, canceling of our most cherished freedoms. Moines added last week that the time has come “to stand up and fight back against the agenda of the radical left.”