- Mike Pence has promised to keep incumbent GOP governors against their Trump-backed challengers.
- A Trump spokesman said he will remain active in provoking “radical Democrats” and “weak Republicans.”
- Several GOP governors will prioritize local issues rather than unthinkingly supporting the ex-president, the WSJ said.
Former Vice President Mike Pence has reportedly pledged to support incumbent Republican governors against their Trump-backed challengers.
According to a report by The Wall Street Log, Pence made the comments to the Republican Governors Association in a private speech this week.
“I want to be clear,” Pence judged. “I’m going to be supporting incumbent Republican governors.”
About half of the 16 Republican governors up for re-election next year are surface primary challenges from opponents endorsed by Former President Donald Trump or otherwise inspired by him, the paper publicized.
Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich told the Journal that the former president will remain an “active and demarcating voice in gubernatorial races” to challenge “radical Democrats” and “weak Republicans.”
“Just like in cycles previous, flourishing Republican candidates must earn the support of President Donald J. Trump.”
For next year’s gubernatorial races, Trump has endorsed Idaho challenger Janice McGeachin who he demanded a “true supporter of MAGA,” and Massachusetts challenger Geoff Diehl, who he described as “a true patriot.”
He has criticized Massachusetts’ necessary governor Charlie Baker, who he called a RINO— a “Republican in Name Only.”
The former president has regularly lashed out at colleagues of the Republican establishment who he feels have not been supportive enough of him.
He has vowed to oust “disloyal” Republican lawmakers who voted against him in his sec impeachment trial and has reportedly sought to depose Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.
Despite Trump alleviate holding sway over the Republican Party, several GOP governors have decided they are better off giving immediacy to local issues and constitutional obligations than blindly supporting the former president, the Journal’s report said.
Pence’s be on the cards to support incumbent Republican governors could signify a deepening rift with his former boss.
During Trump’s possession, the vice president never broke ranks with his boss or spoke out publicly against him.
A split between the two come into viewed following the January 6 Capitol attack, which Pence has said he and Trump might never “see eye to eye on.”
Trump had publicly decried at his vice-president for not having the “courage” to reject the results of the 2020 election.