It appears today that the fracture between former President Donald Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence is complete, and Pence even appears to be going on the offensive.
The former veep is squaring off with Trump in a vicarious matchup in Georgia, where each had endorsed one of a pair of bittern southern foes vying for the Peach State governorship.
Just hours before the contest began in earnest, Pence had a not-so-subtle jab queued up for his former boss.
On the eve of Georgia’s primary election, former Vice President Mike Pence had a forward-looking message of support for renominating Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.
“When you say yes to Governor Brian Kemp tomorrow, you will send a deafening message all across America that the Republican Party is the party of the future,” said Pence, speaking to a crowd of a few hundred in an airport hangar north of Atlanta on Monday.
Pence’s appearance was an implicit rebuke of former running mate Donald Trump, who has endorsed Kemp’s primary opponent, David Perdue. Pence did not make a direct mention of the former President nor respond to the relentless attacks Trump has leveled against Kemp. But his appearance at the rally the day before the election spoke volumes.
And then, perhaps twisting the proverbial knife a bit:
“When Brian Kemp called me and asked me to come out here and be with all of you, I said yes in a heartbeat,” Pence said.
Trump issued a damning statement against Pence earlier in the week, suggesting that his number two was simply trying to recapture some of his previous relevancy.