Two-time running mates former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence, who may soon face off for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, are speaking at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Indianapolis on Friday.
The NRA convention isn’t just a gathering for gun enthusiasts; It also attracts Republican presidential candidates who want to demonstrate their support for Second Amendment rights. The The NRA endorsed Trump During its 2016 Annual Conference.
Pence has not yet announced whether he will seek the presidency, but he is visiting early voting states, while Trump, the first major candidate in the race, and his aides insist voters are already lining up to support him. Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who recently announced he is running for president, is attending the convention. Florida Govt. Ron DeSantis While not appearing in person at the conference, the event will feature a video address from him.
Trump has since lashed out at his former vice president Pence confirmed Joe Biden’s victory In the 2020 election January 6, 2021And even tried to blame Pence for the riots, saying last month, “In a lot of ways, you can blame him,” meaning Pence, for what happened that day.
Pence earlier this month Decided not to appeal a ruling He is scheduled to testify before a grand jury as part of a special counsel investigation into the Capitol attack, but Trump’s legal team is still trying to prevent Pence from testifying.
Last year, Trump mocked Republicans who decided not to go to the convention Held in Texas Just days after the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 children and two adults. “Like everyone else, I didn’t let you down today by not being there,” Trump said before reading the names of the children who died that day.
This year’s conference follows recent mass shootings at a private religious school in Nashville and a bank in Louisville, Kentucky.