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Pence Won’t Tell Trump to Bow Out if He Is Indicted

Pence Won’t Tell Trump to Bow Out if He Is Indicted

As former President Trump’s legal troubles mount, Mike Pence says he will not tell his ex-boss that he should suspend his campaign if he is indicted, saying that any such decision is up to Trump himself.

“Look, it’s a free country. Everybody can make their own decisions,” Trump’s former No. 2 told reporters in New Hampshire before turning back to his own 2024 ruminations.

The pass from Pence comes as he ramps up criticism of his former boss on other matters. And it suggests that Trump’s major competitors in the 2024 GOP presidential primary will try to steer clear of his mounting legal problems.

But Pence kept up the harsher criticism of Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, 2021, in a speech that he delivered at the recent Gridiron dinner in Washington, in which he said history would hold the former president “accountable” for the riot.

 Pence’s comments were in response to Trump’s comments during his own campaign event in Iowa, where the former POTUS sought to place blame for Jan. 6 onto his VP. But Pence parried back on in New Hampshire.

“I know our former president has said I had the right to overturn the election, but Donald Trump is wrong,” Pence said. “I had no right to overturn the election. The presidency belongs to the American people, and the American people alone.”

The former VP also continued to push back against another potential rival, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, for calling Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a “territorial dispute” — though he didn’t use his name.

“Let me be very clear: The Russian invasion is not a territorial dispute. It was an act of unprovoked aggression against a sovereign nation. And it must be met with American strength,” Pence said. But, he added to applause, “we should not send service members into harm’s way in Ukraine.”

Pence’s appearance at the Cheshire County Republican dinner marked his first trip this year back to the first-in-the-nation GOP primary state.

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  1. frank stetson

    Yawn, what a snore. Even the thought of Pence talking to Trump boggles the mind.

  2. Tom

    Ho hum. Yeah, I agree with Pence. Besides, Trump never listened to Pence anyway because Trump knows it all, including porn stars and hookers. The only thing Trump did not know was that he was going to legitimately lose the 2020 election to Chinese mob boss Sleepy Joe, “the big guy”. I love the theater!! Keep it coming boys!!

    • Dan tyree

      At least he ain’t queer

  3. frank stetson

    Agree with Pence? Since the wimp talks outta boths sides of his mouth at the same time….that’s saying something. I just don’t see how the guy could have been subjected to all that and then have any neutral words on Trump, much less kind ones. I am sorry, but when my family is put at risk, I sort of have blinders on when it comes to the perpetrators’ of said risk. And when my family is put at risk, I tend to attack first and ask questions or even forgiveness later.

    There’s even a picture:

    Why this excuse-for-a-man is even mousing around running for President is beyond me. I just can’t imagine donors thinking that’s a good idea. Might be better of bringing Mitt back. At least he’s not a pussy.