Rioters attacked the US Capitol building in an insurrection over Trump’s defeat, which saw some chant the phrase “Hang Mike Pence” in relation to his role in the electoral process – a chant Trump himself defended in a shocking interview with ABC News in November of that year.
Announcing his presidential bid back in June, Pence launched a scathing attack on Trump, arguing that “anyone who puts themselves over the constitution should never be president of the United States”.
“And anyone who asks someone else to put them over the constitution should never be president again,” he added.
However, taking aim at his former boss didn’t do him any favours with Republican voters, with polling from the research company Morning Consult between 20-22 October giving Trump a clear lead over his rivals at 62 per cent, with Pence scoring just five per cent.
And so, during a speech at the Republican Jewish Conference on Saturday, Pence suspended his presidential campaign, telling those in attendance that “the Bible tells us there is a time for every purpose under heaven” and that following his travels across the country, “it has come clear to me that this is not my time”.
He continued: “I’m leaving this campaign but let me promise you: I will never leave the fight for conservative values and I will never stop fighting to elect principled Republican leaders to every office in the land. So help me God.”
Yet another dig at Trump?
And if it wasn’t obvious with his mentions of the Bible and God, Pence is incredibly religious, with the politician attending a church service in Tennessee in January 2020 which saw a pastor promote beliefs that gay people are “possessed by demons”.
He’s also staunchly anti-abortion, which prompted users on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter) to make the same joke:
Mike Pence should be forced to carry his Presidential campaign to term.
It seems that Mike Pence does support abortion after the 20th week after all.
BREAKING NEWS: Mike Pence believes in pulling out
Mike Pence aborted. He hung up his campaign. If he was smart, he would get a tan, so no one recognizes him.
Shocking. Mike Pence usually thinks pulling out is a sin.
Pro-life Mike Pence aborted his campaign. His campaign, his choice.\n\n#mycampaignmychoice
I personally think Mike Pence should have been forced to carry his presidential candidacy to term https://t.co/muZ7J8NFLm
Candidates still vying to be the Republican candidate for 2024 include Trump (obviously), Florida governor Ron DeSantis and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy.