If there’s going to be a rift between the Trump wing of the Republican Party, and the Pence sliver of the same, Matt Gaetz is going to make sure everyone knows whose side he’s on — as if his desperate clinging to the former president’s coattails was possible to miss. Well, despite Trump’s takeover of the GOP, Pence does have the advantage of an actual lifetime career in the party, and some support from those few who didn’t get caught up in Trump’s whirlwind, and one of those, his Chief of Staff from his VP days, Marc Short, spoke up.
Matt Gaetz was busy at Turning Point USA’s Student Access Summit, making sure he spouted things controversial and inappropriate enough to earn a few headlines — like declaring that pro-choice women don’t get pregnant anyway because, according to him, they all “look like a thumb.”
Amid this, he reacted to recent rumors of Mike Pence planning a presidential campaign, declaring that Pence “will never be president” because while he’s a “nice guy” he is “not a leader.”
Mike Pence will NEVER be president! pic.twitter.com/SX65SXT6R4
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) July 24, 2022
This carries echoes of Trump’s attacks on Pence on January 6th 2021, when he tweeted out declarations of the then-VP’s alleged cowardice in refusing to help him fight the election outcome.
Marc Short, who served as Pence’s Chief of Staff during his Vice Presidential term, had an answer to this. He says that Gaetz’s views aren’t really relevant and he shouldn’t be allowed to speak to young crowds, but that he expects the Florida Representative to be locked up for child sex trafficking.
Short: I don’t think Matt Gaetz will have an impact… in fact, I’d be surprised if he was still voting. It’s more likely he’ll be in prison for child sex trafficking… I’m surprised law enforcement lets him speak to teenage conferences like that pic.twitter.com/ALuay3VmoI
— Acyn (@Acyn) July 25, 2022
“I don’t know if Mike Pence will run for president in 2024, but I don’t think Matt Gaetz will have an impact…I’d be surprised if he was still voting. It’s more likely he’ll be in prison for child sex trafficking by 2024, and I’m actually surprised that Florida law enforcement still allows him to speak to teenage conferences like that.”
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