Apparently, former Vice President Mike Pence is just as delusional as the rest of the Conservative, Inc., establishment faction of the GOP. That milquetoast man, according to a Newsweek report and CNN segment, thinks that he’s ready to pose a “major challenge” to Trump if Trump decides to run in 2024.
The report, which relies on Alyssa Farah, a former advisor to the former VP, details what Pence sees as his selling points and, hilariously delusionally, presents Pence as someone that might actually challenge Trump in 2024.
Farah, who has been highly critical of Trump since the 2020 election, went on CNN and detailed what she thinks Pence might do as the nation and party gear up for the 2024 election.
Specifically, she not only said that she thinks Pence will run and that the field won’t clear itself for Trump, but that “the coronation of Donald Trump would be the worst thing both for the party, but more importantly the country.”
Apparently, accepting Trump as being the candidate most likely to beat whoever the Democrats have to offer amounts to a “coronation.”
But Farah doesn’t stop there. After declaring that she hoped Pompeo and DeSantis would also try to get in the way of Trump, she elaborated on what she saw as Pence’s winning characteristic, his milquetoast manner:
“I think Pence knows that he’s uniquely positioned in that he can tout the record of things that so many Americans are still—still wish he were in office. The 74 million people who voted for Trump but without a lot of the downside.”
Apparently, Farah sees Pence’s lack of fighting spirit as something that will help him put up a “formidable fight” against Trump.
Despite those hopeful predictions from Pence’s RINO lackey, it’s unlikely the GOP base agrees. According to a Morning Consult poll, “Two-thirds of Republican voters say they want former President Donald Trump to run for president in 2024.” Furthermore, eighty-two percent of Republican voters view former President Trump favorably.
Adding to Trump’s chances of once again clearing the field of challengers, those who want anyone other than him can’t settle on a challenger. Of those who don’t want Trump, 26% (13% of the GOP) want Pence, 20% (12% of the GOP) want DeSantis, and the remainder supports potential candidates as diverse as Donald Trump Jr. and Nikki Halley.
As the poll carries a margin of error of only two percent, that’s major news for Trump, as it means the majority of the party still stands with him and not with establishment figures like Pence and Halley.
So, while establishment apparatchiks like Farah might boldly proclaim that their anything other than bold masters present a significant challenge to Trump, such claims are likely inaccurate. When the polling of the “MAGA” candidates–Trump, DeSantis, and Trump Jr.– is tallied and compared to the establishment, they hold a whopping 65% of the GOP’s support compared to the 20ish% support Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney, and Mike Pence hold.
That high level of support for the MAGA agenda might be why Farah attempted to slander Trump as an aspiring autocrat at the end of her CNN interview, saying:
“There were things that he wanted to do when he was in power the first time that were well beyond the scope of what the U.S. president should be able to do, but oftentimes it was simply the motivation of hoping to win reelection that kept him from doing things. It’s very different in the second term and I think that’s what scares me the most.”
Given the large chunk of the GOP that wants Trump to run and the even larger segment of the party that views him favorably, it’s unlikely that many voters share Farah’s concerns and even less likely that they’d vote for Pence as a result of her libelous lies.