Trump, Pence campaigning for rivals in Ariz. governor’s race – Associated Press

Former President Donald Trump and his estranged vice president, Mike Pence, are holding rival campaign events in Arizona on Friday, turning the governor’s race into a broader referendum on the Republican Party’s future.

Pence talked up the successes of what he called the Trump-Pence administration but did not directly address his growing feud with the former president as he urged voters to support Karrin Taylor Robson for governor.

If you elect Robson, Pence said, “you can send a deafening message heard all across America that the Republican Party is the party of the future.”

The remark appeared to be an oblique critique of the Republicans still pushing the lie that Trump was the real winner in 2020, including Robson’s rival, Kari Lake, a former television anchor who has embraced Trump’s combative approach to his political enemies and the media.

Photo: Thousands waited in 95 degree heat for the Trump rally to start (photo by Bill Williams)

Trump was scheduled to hold an evening rally in Prescott Valley on behalf of Lake and other candidates he has endorsed in Arizona’s Aug. 2 primary.

“Kari will make her wonderful family, and the MAGA movement, very proud,” Trump said in a statement released moments after Pence finished speaking at a company that makes tactical gear for law enforcement in Peoria, a Phoenix suburb.

“She will fight to restore Election Integrity (both past and future!)” Trump added.

Robson is a lawyer and housing developer who is locking up support from mainstream GOP figures growing increasingly comfortable with breaking from Trump. Her supporters also include former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and term-limited Gov. Doug Ducey, who famously silenced a call from Trump while certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential victory in Arizona.

Robson says the 2020 elections “weren’t fair,” accusing “liberal judges” of changing the rules late in the cycle and the media and big tech of suppressing conservative voices. But she has stopped short of saying Trump lost because of fraud.

Pence highlighted Lake’s past support for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and a “not my president” meme the then-news anchor posted as Trump prepared for his 2017 inauguration.

“You need a governor that’s supported every conservative cause from Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump,” Pence said of Robson, who worked in the Reagan administration and raised money for Trump’s campaign along with her husband, housing developer Ed Robson, one of Arizona’s wealthiest residents.

Robson has also donated to Democrats.

Robson, Pence and Ducey also discussed border security during a second event in Tucson at the headquarters for the Border Patrol union, which staunchly supported Trump but broke with him and endorsed Robson.

“Securing the border takes two things: resources and will power,” Robson said. “President Trump and Vice President Pence already showed that it can be done.”

Trump and Pence have occasionally taken different sides in primaries this year, but this is the first time that they will have appeared in the same state on the same day to rally for their preferred candidates. The split-screen moment marks a more confrontational phase in their relationship as they both consider running for president in 2024.

It also comes just a day after the House Jan. 6 committee revealed new details about the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that fractured the relationship between the two men. The committee recounted how Trump refused to call off the mob attacking the Capitol as Pence, just feet away from rioters, was whisked to safety.

The committee played audio from an unidentified White House security official who said Pence’s Secret Service agents “started to fear for their own lives” at the Capitol and left messages for their loved ones in case they didn’t survive. Shortly afterward, at 2:24 p.m. on Jan, 6, 2021, Trump tweeted that Pence didn’t have the “courage” to block or delay the election results as Congress was certifying Biden’s victory.

“Mike Pence let me down,” an unidentified White House employee testified Trump telling him at the end of the day on Jan. 6.

Trump and Pence will again cross paths next week as the former president returns to the nation’s capital for the first time since leaving the White House.

Photo by Bill Williams

The Arizona primary is among Trump’s last opportunities to settle scores and install allies to lead states that may prove decisive if he decides to run again in 2024. Trump and Pence were also at odds in the primary for Georgia governor, where the Pence-backed incumbent Brian Kemp easily defeated former U.S. Sen. David Perdue, who had Trump’s support.

Arizona, a longtime Republican stronghold whose move toward the center accelerated during Trump’s presidency, was central Trump’s push to remain in power despite his loss. Trump pressed state officials to block the certification of Biden’s victory and, when he failed, his allies in Congress objected to counting the state’s 11 electoral votes.

Since the election, Trump supporters have recounted ballots and analyzed vote-counting machines in an attempt to prove something was amiss.

Federal and state election officials and Trump’s own attorney general have said there is no credible evidence the election was tainted. Trump’s allegations of fraud were also roundly rejected by courts, including by judges Trump appointed.


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2 thoughts on “Trump, Pence campaigning for rivals in Ariz. governor’s race – Associated Press”

  1. Another misleading AP story. Selected views from selected events like January 5th and 6th 2021. If the 2022 voters give Republicans the expected big win in November, there hopefully will be “real” hearings on what happened. I suggest it was a setup; entrapment created by Nancy Pelosi and others aided and abided by FBI, ATF, Capitol Police and the mayor of Washington, D.C.
    We know at a certain signal. police officers left their post a few minutes before individuals broke into the capitol and an Ashli Babbitt was killed by a Capitol Police Officer. We can conclude the timing was to create a disruption in chambers as the electoral college votes were certified (or not).
    Coverage by AP reporters and MSM kept all the attention on misleading information and President Donald J. Trump ignoring al evidence to the contrary. Mike Pence will be insignificant after the true picture of January 6th is presented in 2023 congressional hearings. MAGA!

  2. Another AP article full of opinion and the usual., pathetic “hey, we’re AP so what we say is always true and if you argue with us, YOU WILL BE DESTROYED!!!” like:

    “The remark appeared to be an oblique critique of the Republicans still pushing the lie that Trump was the real winner in 2020,…”

    THE LIE? Who the bump is AP to say what is a lie and what isn’t a lie. The Democrat Party stole the 2020 election and everyone knows it. The AP clowns repeating over and over their desired version does not change the facts and it only makes them look more like clowns every time they publish their filth.

    And of course, there’s the usual selective reporting here too with the reference to Brian Kemp without pointing out the fact that Trump’s endorsement record is something like 130-10. That’s a 92% win rate, but of course the clowns at AP will never discuss that FACT and the fact that something very slimy is going on in Georgia.

    At any rate, I’m glad I made the drive to Prescott Valley for yesterday’s Trump/Lake/Masters Rally instead of seeing Pence and Robson right here in Peoria. The Trump Rally was awesome with great enthusiasm, a whole lot of fun and some great backdrop music like Dark Side of the Moon (put that in your pipe and smoke it, Roger Waters).

    From my perspective, the most startling thing about it was the large number of young people there. It was great to see them participating, but what you didn’t see was face mutilation, hollow eyes, disrespectful behavior or any of the other marks of a true Violent Radical Left Cash Grabber youngster.

    And the law enforcement presence was awesome. Thank you!

    Red tsunami coming soon, but remain vigilant, the Violent Radical Left Cash Grabbers are already cheating.

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