Donald Trump early 2024 announcement has put the former President in the rather unenviable position of being the only GOP nominee at this point, which, in turn, has painted a rather unmistakable target on his back.
That’s not to say that this is new for Trump; it’s not. The presumptive Republican nominee has long endured any number of concurrent challenges to his personal and political self, but some of the criticism coming his way these days appear to be a bit out of line.
For instance, Trump’s own former Vice President has begun making wild demands of The Don.
A growing number of Republicans, including former Vice President Mike Pence, criticized Donald Trump on Monday for dining with a Holocaust-denying white nationalist and the rapper formerly known as Kanye West days after launching his third campaign for the White House.
Then Pence attempted to assert some sort of dominance over Trump.
Pence, in an interview, called on Trump to apologize and said the former president had “demonstrated profoundly poor judgment” when he met last week at his Mar-a-Lago club with West, who is now known as Ye, as well as Nick Fuentes, a far-right activist with a long history of espousing antisemitic and white nationalist views.
“President Trump was wrong to give a white nationalist, an antisemite and Holocaust denier, a seat at the table and I think he should apologize for it. And he should denounce those individuals and their hateful rhetoric without qualification,” Pence said in an interview with NewsNation’s Leland Vittert that aired Monday night.
Pence has openly suggested that he’s considering a run at the White House himself in 2024, which could explain this newfound petulance and suddenly-discovered spine he’s working with.