On Monday (October 17), former Vice President Mike Pence joined Rep. David Valadao (R-CA.) on the campaign trail.
Valadao voted to impeach former President Donald Trump following the January 6 riots.
But Pence isn’t allowing the typical ostracization that follows Trump’s enemies to stop him from supporting Valadao, as he will stump for the Californian Republican at a fundraising event in Fresno, CA.
Valadao is one of only ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his involvement in the January 6 riot.
Yet, Valadao finds himself in a different scenario to many others who are critical of the former President, as he has largely escaped Trump’s bashing, that hurt the political futures of most of his colleagues.
But Valadao is likely on Trump’s radar, meaning he isn’t the first lawmaker with enmity toward Trump that Pence has supported during this election cycle.
Instead, since Pence ignored an attempt by Trump, his allies, and supporters to overturn Biden’s 2020 Presidential election victory by certifying the election results, the former Vice President has continued to differentiate himself from Trump.
The most notable of Pence’s political differences with Trump coming in the form of the former Vice President backing Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) while Trump backed Kemp’s GOP challenger David Purdue.
Purdue ultimately lost, possibly giving Pence the confidence to pursue more public challengers with Trump.
Since then, Pence has been busy traveling the country raising millions for Republican Party candidates and GOP groups.