The previous U.S. President, Donald Trump, criticized his ex-Vice President, Mike Pence, for his remarks on Trump’s suggestion to alter certain sections of the Constitution. Trump refuted Pence’s claims in a post on Truth Social, insisting he never hinted at prioritizing himself over the Constitution.
At a recent event in New Hampshire, Pence urged Republicans to distance themselves from the populist appeal that Trump and his supporters propagate. Pence highlighted his concerns about Trump’s previous suggestion to amend certain parts of the Constitution, which Trump later retracted.
Additionally, Trump criticized Pence for not taking stronger action against alleged voter irregularities during the 2020 elections. Trump has consistently believed that Pence could have changed the election outcome, a notion Pence has consistently denied.
In another post, Trump accused Pence of betraying their shared goals as the 2024 elections approach. He questioned Pence’s timing, asking why he shifted his stance now and also queried the timing of certain actions by the Department of Justice.
Pence’s recent stance seems to be an attempt to establish himself as a more conventional conservative in the GOP, distinguishing himself from figures like Trump and businessperson Vivek Ramaswamy, who are seen as more populist.
However, Pence’s efforts don’t seem to have significantly boosted his popularity within the party. Recent surveys show Pence’s support among likely GOP primary voters at approximately 6%, whereas Trump enjoys around 60% support.