The 2024 Presidential race is surely heating up with rumors surrounding top contenders vying for the Republican nomination. Among these rumored contenders are Mike Pence and Chris Christie. However, a recent trend suggests that there might be a hidden agenda behind their candidacies. Many political analysts believe that Pence and Christie are only in the race to damage Trump’s chances of returning to the White House in 2024.
For starters, both Pence and Christie have had a tumultuous relationship with Donald Trump in the past, which could indicate ill intentions towards the former president. For example, Pence was Pence was horrified by the Capitol riots and refused to bow to Trump’s pressure to overturn the election. On the other hand, Christie has openly criticized Trump in the media, most notably after Trump refused to concede the 2020 Presidential Election. This feud continued into 2021, with Christie’s sharp criticisms of Trump’s handling of the January 6th insurrection.
Secondly, some theorists suggest that Pence and Christie’s presidential ambitions are a result of the intense pressure put upon them by the GOP establishment. As two prominent players in the party, Pence and Christie have been tasked with derailing Trump’s efforts to hold onto the party’s reins. Reports speculate that the establishment is looking for a way to rid the party of Trumpism and ensure that the party does not continue to be the party of Trump.
Lastly, Pence and Christie’s decision to run for President could be deemed as politically futile and even self-destructive. Both have limited traction with the conservative base and virtually no grassroots support. It is unlikely that either will gain much momentum in the primary, and their presence on the ticket could split the anti-Trump vote, eventually handing the nomination to Donald Trump himself. This particular scenario would render Pence and Christie’s efforts completely fruitless, and they would be to blame for Trump’s potential re-election.
In conclusion, while it is yet ambiguous whether Pence and Christie are running solely to damage Trump’s chances, their past actions and contentious relationship with the former president suggest such a motive could be plausible. Furthermore, with the Republican establishment reportedly determined to oust Trump from the party’s control, this theory could hold merit. Nonetheless, Pence and Christie’s decision to vie for the nomination has the potential to do more harm than good. It could, in fact, further cement Trump’s place in the party and the White House.