The former American president and his former vice-president have been at odds since Mike Pence refused to block the certification of Joe Biden’s victo
ry in the 2020 election.
Donald Trump and his former vice-president Mike Pence, two potential Republican candidates for the 2024 US presidential election, are to hold competing meetings in Arizona on Friday July 22. The two men, whose successful 2016 campaign landed the Republican billionaire in the White House, are now estranged after Mike Pence’s refusal to block certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, and are backing candidates rivals for the governorship of this southwestern United States state.
A strained relationship
This remote duel in Arizona -Pence will be in the capital Phoenix to support Karrin Taylor Robson, Trump in Prescott Valley to support Kari Lake- comes the day after new revelations about the former vice president’s situation during the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Mike Pence, who was there to oversee the certification of the election results, had to hide to escape the rioters like many parliamentarians on both sides. His bodyguards “began to fear for their own lives” and to “say goodbye to their families,” a White House official said on condition of anonymity during a hearing by the House Committee on to investigate the events of January 6.
Donald Trump had long refused to call on his supporters to leave the seat of Congress and had even again criticized his vice-president in a tweet for not wanting to block the certification, fueling the grievances of the protesters. “Arizona finally has a chance to have a SUPER governor. Vote for Kari Lake,” Donald Trump wrote Thursday on his Truth Social social network. “Looking forward to campaigning with next Arizona Governor Karrin Taylor Robson,” tweeted Mike Pence.