While speaking at a rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, Trump said, “Everybody that leaves seems to be endorsing me. … You know people are leaving now and they’re all endorsing me.”
The statement comes after two GOP presidential candidates, Perry Johnson and Larry Elder, both endorsed Trump after choosing to drop their own White House bids, the current leader of the GOP primary, holding double digit leads over all other candidates gunning for the position.
“I don’t know about Mike Pence: He should endorse me,” Trump told the Las Vegas rally after news of Pence’s dropout was released. “He should endorse me. You know why? Because I had a great, successful presidency, and he was the vice president. He should endorse me.”
Trump continued, saying, “I chose him, made him vice president, but people in politics can be very disloyal.”
Earlier on Saturday, Pence announced the end of his campaign, due to months of struggling in the polls, accompanied by reports that his campaign wasn’t able to raise enough from donors and was struggling with debt.
“Traveling over the country over the past six months, I came here to say it’s become clear to me: This is not my time,” he said. “So after much prayer and deliberation, I have decided to suspend my campaign for president effective today.”
Pence did not offer an endorsement to anyone during his speech, saying, “I urge all my fellow Republicans here, give our country a Republican standard bearer that will, as Lincoln said, appeal to the better angels of our nature,” adding that Republicans should pick someone who leads with “civility.”
Pence ended September with just $1.18 million left in his campaign account, a low number for a presidential contest and far less than his rivals. By comparison, Trump claimed that his campaign account holds approximately $37 million, while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has somewhere between $25 and $30 million.
Pence’s campaign also has $621,000 in debt — more than half the cash he had remaining — and was scrambling to meet donor thresholds for the Nov. 8 debate.
Pence’s decision to withdraw saves him from accumulating additional debt as well as potential embarrassment of potentially failing to qualify for the third Republican primary on Nov. 8.
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