Donald Trump is urging his Mike Pence to endorse hours after the former vice president announced he is leaving the 2024 Republican primary.
“Everybody that leaves seems to be endorsing me. You know people are leaving now, and they’re all endorsing me. I don’t know about Mike Pence; he should endorse me. He should endorse me, you know why? Because I had a great successful presidency, and he was the vice president. He should endorse me,” Trump said while speaking in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.
“I chose him, made him vice president, but people, people in politics can be very disloyal,” Trump added.
Pence was Trump’s running mate in both the 2016 and 2020 elections. But, their relationship took a turn after Pence refused to overturn the results of the 2020 election and supporters of the former president stormed the Capitol chanting “hang Mike Pence.”
Pence joined the crowded 2024 GOP primary field, but like the other candidates he failed to gain any traction in the field due to Trump’s hold on the Republican base.
He ultimately dropped out on Saturday saying it was not his time.
“It’s become clear to me it’s not my time,” Pence said during his speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition Conference. “I have decided to suspend my campaign for president effective today.”
“We always knew this would be an uphill battle, but I have no regrets,” he added.