Pence 'no longer a member of the club' as Trump and conservatives move on without him: ex-GOP lawmaker

Pence 'no longer a member of the club' as Trump and conservatives move on without him: ex-GOP lawmaker
Vice President Mike Pence listens as Capt. Stacey Blurton, 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse, explains the aeromedical capabilities of the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during a visit to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, May 20, 2017. During his visit, Pence commemorated Armed Forces Day, addressing a crowd of more than 200 Airmen and their families, thanking them for their service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wesley Farnsworth)
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Appearing early on MSNBC on Monday morning, a former Republican Party U.S. House member said that former Vice President Mike Pence's political career appears to be over due to how he was treated by the CPAC crowd and ignored by the resurgent Donald Trump.

Speaking with host Kasie Hunt, ex-Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) said it appears that Pence no longer part of the club because he refused to help Donald Trump overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

With the MSNBC host noting that Pence pulled down a meager 1 percent in a CPAC straw poll on presidential preferences in 2024, Curbelo said that was not good news for Trump's former number two man.

"That's right, Kasie and it's also a reminder that the Republican Party is still, in some ways, a big fan club for Donald Trump. and Mike Pence is someone who Donald Trump tasked as someone who was disloyal to him, who did not do the things that Donald Trump asked him to do" the former lawmaker explained. "And of course, Donald Trump is someone who demands absolute loyalty. If you cross him one time or if you disagree with him one time, you're on the outs."

"That's why so many Republicans are still fearful," he continued. "People say, well, 'why do Republicans -- why don't they speak out? Why do they keep following Donald Trump?' Well, look at what happened to Mike Pence. This man was super loyal, there every day for the president during four years and before that, in the campaign. And then he refuses to participate in this scheme to steal an election, essentially. And now, he's on the outs he's no longer a member of the club."

"So, again, we have this dichotomy right now where Donald Trump's popularity, his relevance seems to be on the decline, but still, he owns the Republican Party," he concluded.

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