Pence reportedly planning to rail against Trump as upcoming Georgia election rallies approach: report

Pence reportedly planning to rail against Trump as upcoming Georgia election rallies approach: report
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)

Former Vice President Mike Pence (R) is expected to headline a rally with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R); a pivotal, political move that is being deemed as his strongest pushback against former President Donald Trump.

According to Politico, Pence has grown increasingly vocal in his opposition to Trump. Since the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, the former vice president has been more brazen in sharing his opinion of Trump's behavior when he and his allies fought to overturn the presidential election.

In a recent statement, Pence described Kemp as “one of the most successful conservative governors in America.”

“Brian Kemp is my friend, a man dedicated to faith, family, and the people of Georgia,” Pence said. “I am proud to offer my full support for four more years of Brian Kemp as governor of the great state of Georgia.”

Politico's Alex Isenstadt shared a brief timeline of Pence's evolution since departing from the Trump White House in Jan. 2021.

"Pence has shown increasing willingness to undercut Trump since Trump savaged the former vice president for certifying the 2020 election results instead of taking legally dubious steps to overturn them," Isenstadt wrote. "Pence has stood by his actions on Jan. 6, 2021, and he has called on the Republican Party to move on from focusing on the last presidential election, even as Trump continues to litigate it."

Pence also "implicitly criticized Trump over his admiring words about Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying at a Republican National Committee donor retreat this spring that 'there is no room in this party for apologists for Putin.'”

Kemp also spoke highly of Pence. On Friday, May 13, Kemp tweeted, "The Vice President's leadership was instrumental in creating the most prosperous economy in American history, including here in Georgia, and his commitment to building a safer, stronger America represents the highest ideals of our party," Kemp tweeted.

The latest development comes after Pence hinted at the possibility of backing Kemp's gubernatorial bid. For the last couple of years, Trump and Kemp have been at odds. Now backing former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) for Georgia governor, the former president has made it his mission to ensure Kemp is not reelected.

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