Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is off and running already, with the former President making his official announcement just after the 2022 midterm elections. This strategically-early entry to the race was a well-calculated move thus far, allowing Trump to essentially dare the rest of the field to come and get him.
But they aren’t jumping at the chance, at least not officially, with Trump remaining the presumptive nominee as his only challenger, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, is widely believed to be a long-shot.
Surely there are going to be more candidates, and it wouldn’t be terribly surprising if Trump’s former Vice President was one of them…especially after the extraordinarily crass insult he spewed late in the week.
Former Vice President Mike Pence, who has hinted he’s gearing up for a 2024 run at the presidency, is likely to make his devout Christian faith a key component of his campaign. In comments he made at the annual Spring dinner of the Gridiron Club, it seems like he wants to set his Christian bonafides apart from Donald Trump early on, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
Pence’s comments about Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot received a lot of press. But he also took a swipe at Trump’s claims to be a Christian.
“I once invited President Trump to Bible study,” Pence said in his speech. “He really liked the passages about the smiting and perishing of thine enemies. As he put it, ‘Ya know, Mike, there’s some really good stuff in here.’”
Pence also referenced the recent classified documents scandal that’s enveloping Trump, saying it’s proof that he never reads his Bible.
And then, attempting to land a pretty bland, canned joke:
“I read that some of those classified documents they found at Mar-a-Lago were actually stuck in the president’s Bible … which proves he had absolutely no idea they were there,” Pence said.
This is a low blow, particularly coming from Pence.
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