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‘Most attendees want him dead’: Pence’s decision to skip CPAC backed by his supporters

Mike Pence’s decision to decline an invitation to the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has been backed by Twitter users who commented that “most attendees want him dead”.

Dozens tweeted in support of the former vice president on Sunday following the announcement that he would not deliver an address to conservative leaders at the annual conference, having done so on previous occasions.

Notably, the decision to turn down CAPC’s invitation came a day after Donald Trump was reported to be due to attend, and is expected to use the platform to set-out a 2024 presidential run with an address to conservative leaders on Sunday, Axios reported.

One Twitter user wrote of Mr Pence’s decision: “Most of the attendees want him to be executed but yeah, I'm sure Mike Pence will be happy to show up.”

“Trump speaking at CPAC not Mike Pence tells you all you need to know about the direction that the GOP has decided their future is and [that] it's for the overthrow[ing] of our current government,” another wrote.

“Those who ignore what Trump tried to do are complicit in the insurrection,” the Twitter user added.

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union and a primary organiser of CPAC, confirmed to multiple outlets on Sunday that Mr Pence, who has been keeping a relatively low profile since the 6 January attack on Congress, had been asked to address conservative leaders but declined.

In an apparent plea for Mr Pence to change his mind, Mr Schlapp told USA Today that “his conservative record is well respected, and conservatives want to hear his take on the current threats posed by socialism and this radicalised Democrat party.”

Aides to Mr Pence remarked to Fox News that the former vice president’s relations with his former boss were limited because there was some “bitterness" and a sense of "ultimate betrayal” about Mr Trump’s actions on 6 January.

Mr Trump wrote on Twitter that “Mike Pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution” by overturning the 2020 vote, while Congress was stormed by a mob. The former president had falsely claimed that Mr Pence had the power to overturn the result of the election during that day’s business.

Some rioters were chanting “Hang Mike Pence” while others had set up a gallows outside the Capitol. Mr Trump ignored desperate pleas from Republican lawmakers to call off the mob for several hours. Five people lost their lives during the attack on the Capitol.

Conservatives have since been divided on how to manage Mr Trump and his future influence over the Republican party, following his acquittal at an impeachment trial for inciting the Capitol riot.

The former president said in a statement last week: “Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again (MAGA) has only just begun.

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by Anonymousreply 2202/23/2021

Wow, Pence is really finished.

He no longer has a place in the Republican Party.

Pence is literally a pariah.

That's what he gets for hitching his wagon to Trump.

by Anonymousreply 102/22/2021

You'd think deplorables would realize Trump destroys everyone sooner or later. What about the fools that followed his big lies and attacked the Capitol. Many have ruined their lives forever.

His cult is in love with his "strongman" act and can't break away even though he's toxic.

by Anonymousreply 202/22/2021

He would attend if they just put a rope around his neck and dragged him there.

by Anonymousreply 302/22/2021

He won't be able to run for office any more.

If Pence had declined the VP job back in 2016, at least he would have had a shot at running for President.

Now he has no shot.

A good part of the Republican base sees him as a traitor now, and there aren't enough non-MAGATS for him to get elected.

Too bad, so sad.

by Anonymousreply 402/22/2021

I think it's too early to say what's going to happen to the Republicans. Yes it seems like Trump is in charge but things could change very quickly.

by Anonymousreply 502/22/2021

I wish that there could be a little hole in security at the CPAC conference that would allow a few guys to get in with military assault-type rifles and kill every single one of those motherfuckers.

That is a language these people understand.

by Anonymousreply 602/22/2021

A lot of us forget. When Trump "won" in November 2016, many people believed his life of crime would catch up to him and he'd be forced to resign. They might have been exactly what Pence had in mind when he signed on, (certainly Chris Christie thought that, Trump's first choice). I didn't think they figured they'd be forced to have to support him all the way through.

by Anonymousreply 702/22/2021

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

It’s the political equivalent of a made man being whacked in the mafia for disloyalty. Is there a witness protection program to protect Pence from the Trump GOP and MAGATs?

by Anonymousreply 802/22/2021

His dereliction of duty with the COVID response was a crime against humanity. He also said Rush “made conservatism fun”.

Have fun, Mikey, you soulless ghoul.

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by Anonymousreply 902/22/2021

What great "Christians" in that party! Who wouldn't want to be a part of it? /s/

by Anonymousreply 1002/23/2021

R6, that would be a crime. A natural disaster would be OK -- is this shit show being held in a place that's subject to earthquakes or hurricanes?

by Anonymousreply 1102/23/2021

Yeah he's fucking awful. He threw in with the jackals. Throw them back at him.

by Anonymousreply 1202/23/2021

R11 My post (R6) wasn't genuine advocacy. Maybe I should have written "A part of me wishes..."

I was later taken aback that it actually came out of me. But it's just a reflection of how negatively I feel about these conservative bastards.

by Anonymousreply 1302/23/2021

Too early to tell. If Trump starts getting thrashed in the Courts things may change in Pence's favor.

by Anonymousreply 1402/23/2021

I still believe Pence was going to halt the proceedings and not honor the electoral votes. He had been going over it all with Trump over a month of 'lunch' dates. He spent 4 years licking Trump's rusty ass- why would he suddenly have a change of heart?

Perhaps the terrorists broke-in too soon?

The 'turning point' though, for Pence, was hearing Trump call him a traitor on Twitter- exposing him to possible injury and death. He finally realized Trump doesn't really have friends... or loyalty.

by Anonymousreply 1502/23/2021

R15, Mike Pence is a giant ass, but I don’t think that’s true. Before the proceedings began, he issued a release saying he was going to follow the constitutional guidelines. The release made it clear he was not going to do more. He even questioned one of his aides before the proceedings to make sure it went out.

by Anonymousreply 1602/23/2021

Republicans = Piranhas cannibalizing each other.

by Anonymousreply 1702/23/2021

Once again, Republicans proving that they are the party of "the sanctity of life" by wishing death on those who oppose them, even other Republicans.

by Anonymousreply 1802/23/2021

Oh who the fuck cares?

by Anonymousreply 1902/23/2021

I hope Pence does run in 2024. Right now, in polling, he's second only to Trump in 2024 GOP primary picks. I have to assume that's just Veep incumbency and name recognition. But, if he ran and won the nomination, I'd be so happy, because he'd be a terrible candidate. Yes, he'd stay perfectly scripted, but he would fail to fire up the Trump-leaning base. Hell, he might even depress turnout for the Republicans and maybe, just maybe, some Red states with large metropolitan populations could turn blue in 2024. I know, I know... a lot can happen between now and then. It will probably be someone we're not even talking about right now.

by Anonymousreply 2002/23/2021

R2, Yeah, rational thinking isn't their strong suit.

Prime example: One would think if, as Sen. Ron Johnson posited today, the insurrectionists were all "provocateurs" and "Antifa," that Trumptards would ACTIVELY PROMOTE THEIR CAPTURE AND IMPRISONMENT.

Yet somehow they refrain.

by Anonymousreply 2102/23/2021

Even though Pence is the actual conservative - way to go, CPAC.

by Anonymousreply 2202/23/2021
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