Trump, Pence, Make Public Display Of Amity Before CPAC

Former President Donald Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence want to be really sure that the public knows they don’t hate each other, despite the threats to Pence’s life from the MAGA mob that descended on the Capitol building after Trump’s speech on January 6th. Before CPAC, they’re making a public display of friendship and unity.

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Donald Trump has been invited to speak at CPAC, which begins Thursday. Mike Pence has turned down an invitation to speak — and in fact reportedly will not even be at the event.

A month and a half ago, Trump was tweeting attacks on Pence, as a mob moved in with apparent desires to carry out a more physical attack. The text of his tweet, via the Trump Twitter Archive, scolded the then-Vice President for not “hav[ing] the courage” to overturn the election.

“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!”

However, as the public responds to this and speculation roils about the rift between the two, including a report that Trump told others he wouldn’t attend CPAC at all if Pence was going to be there, the pair are releasing statements to assure Republicans that they’re still on the same side.

After the Washington Examiner published a story describing Trump telling his friends that he wouldn’t share CPAC with his former VP, Trump campaign advisor Jason Miller spoke out to deny it on Trump’s behalf.

He decried “anonymous sources” and accused “the media” of trying to divide Republicans, and insisted no such demand had ever been made. Note that the original story made no claims of any “demand,” only a stance expressed privately.

Now Pence is also making an effort to alter the narrative, according to CNN He has said that he “maintains a close personal friendship” with Trump, and that he plans to defend their administration’s record.

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