The former press secretary of Mike Pence said she believes he will run against Donald Trump in the GOP primary in 2024.
“It’s comments like that that will never make me feel bad for never again defending Donald Trump, because as you said it’s completely indefensible,” Farah told CNN.
In an interview with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Alyssa Farah, who later became Trump’s White House Director of Strategic Communications, attacked the previous president for defending Capitol rioters who demanded Pence’s execution.
“What about the other 535 lawmakers who don’t have security details?” Farah said. “It was fine that their lives might be threatened because of this? It’s just absurd, it’s indefensible, and I have to hope that conservatives and Republicans of good faith hear things like that and say, ‘We don’t need four more years of this man.'”
Farah believes Pence consented to meet or talk with Trump after the attack because the former vice president is “very deferential to both the chain of command and the institution of the presidency,” she added.
“I think he would always take a call from Donald Trump, he would always take a meeting if one was requested of him,” she said.
“I think those must have been very awkward and tough conversations. I’ve always known Mike Pence to be a person of deep character and conviction, so I don’t doubt that in those private communications, he communicated how bad (Jan. 6) was, and how inappropriate it was — not for him, but for the country. “
Farah added, ” And I think you’re going to see a bit more distancing as time goes on. There’s aspects of the record they did together that I know Pence is proud of, but I know he is ashamed of that day, he is ashamed of how the former president conducted himself.”
When she was asked if Pence will run against Trump in 2024, Farah said, “I think he will,”.
“There’s this belief that people are just going to clear the field for Trump,” she said. “I actually think some folks are teeing up to run … and it’s a good thing for the party. A coronation of Donald Trump would be the worst thing both for the party, but more importantly for the country.”