Straddling the fence? Pence advisors reveal how the former VP is trying to maintain his MAGA reputation despite certifying Biden’s win
Former Vice President Mike Pence (R) appears to be attempting to straddle the fence by standing behind his decision to certify President Joe Biden's election victory while trying to maintain his reputation among Trump-inspired Republican voters.
Speaking to The Washington Post, Pence's advisors have spoken out to share his perspective on the whole ordeal. Marc Short, who served as chief of staff to the former vice president, insisted that Pence wants to move on from the past and not revisit it. "The way he views it is, he did his duty. He doesn't need to talk about it more," said Short. "He doesn't want to re-litigate the past. He believes that voters want to look forward, not backwards."
Another Pence advisor also weighed in with the former vice president's take on Donald Trump. Josh Kimbrell, a state senator in South Carolina who helps plan Pence's travel itineraries, insists the former White House official does not speak ill of Trump behind closed doors but simply could not adhere to Trump's demands to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
"He's been asked in a few places here and there what his take is on it, and he generally just said, 'The vice president has a ceremonial role there. I had no constitutional authority to do that,'" said Kimbrell.
The latest remarks come months after Pence publicly pushed back against Trump. Back in February, Pence spoke at a Federalist Society meeting held in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., where he made it clear that Trump's actions were "wrong."
"President Trump is wrong," Pence said. "I had no right to overturn the election."
While there is speculation that the former vice president could be setting himself up for a presidential run in 2024, Pence has yet to confirm whether or not he will actually run.
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