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‘Thank you Mike Pence’: Conservatives celebrate as ex-VP refuses to endorse Trump

Former Vice President Mike Pence spurred celebrations Friday when he announced on Fox News he would not be endorsing Donald Trump’s bid to regain the White House.

“It should come as no surprise that I will not be endorsing Donald Trump this year,” Pence said. “There are profound differences between me and President Trump on a range of issues, and not just our difference on my constitutional duties that I exercised on January the 6th.”

Pence cited Trump’s positions on the national debt, a “commitment to the sanctity of human life” and his position against a bill calling on TikTok to free itself from its Chinese owners.

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“Donald Trump is pursuing and articulating an agenda that is at odds with the conservative agenda,” Pence said.

This announcement spurred cheers from a former Trump aide, a Republican political consultant who served Jeb Bush, and a self-professed Republican Party “escapee,” to name a few.

“Thank you, @Mike_Pence,” wrote Trump’s former White House communications director Alyssa Farah Griffin.

“People who are planning to vote for Trump next time I have a [question],” replied Tim Miller, a former political director for Republican Voters Against Trump. “Why do you think you know him better than his…VP?”

“Only FOUR of Trump’s 44 former Cabinet officials have endorsed him,” noted former prosecutor Ron Filipkowski. “His VP won’t endorse him. It’s insane for any president to even have anything close to 44 Cabinet officials in one term. He[‘s] incompetent, insane, unfit, & his own former officials know that better than anyone.”

Pence was not the only former conservative vice president to urge voters away from Trump. Moments after Pence made his announcement, the political group Republicans Against Trump released a video featuring former Vice President Dick Cheney.

“In our nation’s 246-year history, there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump,” Cheney said.

“He tried to steal the last election using lies and violence to keep himself in power after the voters rejected him. He’s a coward, a real man wouldn’t lie to his supporters. He lost his election and he lost big. I know it, he knows it and deep down, I think most Republicans know it.”

Watch the video of Pence’s interview below or click here.

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