Pence hurls thinly veiled shot at Trump, calls for ‘deafening message’ while stumping for Ga. Gov Kemp

Former Vice President Mike Pence has been strategic in his efforts to distance himself from former President Donald Trump without risking the ire of the base, but calls for a “deafening message” in the Georgia primary may prove to be the final straw in breaking any supposition of neutrality.

Pence took the stage in Kennesaw, Georgia Monday night ahead of the Republican primary pitting incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp against former Sen. David Perdue. Pence had already made waves less than two weeks ago when he officially endorsed Kemp in opposition to Trump’s backing of Perdue and his latest rhetoric suggested he may be poised to go on the offensive.

“I’m here because Brian Kemp frankly is one of the most successful Republican governors in America,” Pence announced before later declaring, “When you say yes to Gov. Brian Kemp tomorrow you will send a deafening message all across America that the Republican party is the party of the future.”

Throughout the speech, Pence focused on the distinction between Kemp and his would-be Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams while highlighting her alignment with President Joe Biden and the progressive agenda that the left has embraced. To further the contrast, he pointed to Abrams’s own claim that her state, is “the worst state in the country to live.”

“But you have an opportunity to say something different tomorrow,” Pence stated.

“There are those who want to make this election about the past,” he continued. “Stacey Abrams and Joe Biden want Georgia to embrace the failed socialist policies of the last century. They want to stifle the liberties that generations of Americans fought to defend.”

While much of what Pence said was undoubtedly about the Democrats, it is difficult to imagine that he wasn’t taking a shot at Trump with his comment on the past. When the former president announced his support for Perdue, he made clear that there was still animosity over the governor’s response to concerns surrounding the integrity of the 2020 presidential election.

 

“Kemp has been a very weak Governor – the liberals and RINOs have run all over him on Election Integrity, and more. Most importantly, he can’t win because the MAGA base – which is enormous – will never vote for him,” Trump said in his statement supporting Perdue.

The former senator followed that up by stating Kemp “failed all of us, and he cannot win in November. Instead of protecting our elections, he caved to Abrams and cost us two Senate seats.”

Furthermore, the president went on record yesterday continuing to decry his VP for the handling of the certification of the 2020 election. “I’m very disappointed in Mike, as a lot of people are, and he just greatly disappointed me…I’m very disappointed at the stance he took.”

With the latest polling showing Kemp with a considerable lead over Perdue, there will certainly be a lot of debate over what a potential failed endorsement means for Trump who has already gone 82-3 through primaries thus far.

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