Mike Pence’s 2024 Campaign Sells “Too Honest” Merchandise Amid Trump’s Indictment

Former Vice President Mike Pence’s 2024 campaign has taken a unique approach to its merchandise strategy, using a direct quote from the third indictment of former President Donald Trump. The merchandise prominently features the phrase “Too Honest,” taken from the indictment, which highlights Pence’s role as a key figure in the recent charges brought against Trump.

Pence’s involvement in the case includes testifying before the grand jury, being mentioned multiple times in the indictment, and having his private notes used as evidence. In recent times, the former vice president has been openly critical of Trump’s alleged involvement in the January 6 events and his purported attempts to overturn the 2020 election.

The quote “Too Honest” stems from a specific portion of the indictment, where Trump reportedly referred to Pence in that manner just days before the January 6 incident. The campaign’s decision to use this quote on their merchandise adds a new dimension to the ongoing political dynamics and sparks curiosity among observers about its potential implications for Pence’s presidential bid.

“The Defendant called the Vice President and berated him because he had learned that the Vice President had opposed a lawsuit seeking a judicial decision that, at the certification, the Vice President had the authority to reject or return votes to the states under the Constitution. The Vice President responded that he thought there was no constitutional basis for such authority and that it was improper,” the indictment reads. “In response, the Defendant told the Vice President, ‘You’re too honest.’”

The campaign dropped a white shirt and hat with the phrase “Too Honest” on the front, Pence’s signature below and “Mike Pence for President” displayed on the back, according to WinRed’s website selling the merchandise.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 07: Vice President Mike Pence hands the West Virginia certification to staff as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., listen during a joint session of Congress after working through the night, at the Capitol. (J. Scott Applewhite – Pool/Getty Images)

Pence has since defended his role in certifying the 2020 election, and commended the third indictment where Special Counsel Jack Smith charged Trump with “Conspiracy to defraud the United States,” “Conspiracy to corruptly obstruct and impede the January 6 proceedings” and “A conspiracy against the right to vote and to have one’s vote counted.”

The former vice president told Martha MacCallum Wednesday that Trump and his “gaggle of crackpot lawyers” asked him to “reject votes” during the certification process in the Senate.

“Today’s indictment serves as an important reminder: anyone who puts himself over the Constitution should never be President of the United States,” Pence said in a statement Tuesday. “I will have more to say about the government’s case after reviewing the indictment. The former president is entitled to the presumption of innocence but with this indictment, his candidacy means more talk about January 6th and more distractions.”

Trump is set to be arraigned Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Elijah Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C.

The RealClearPolitics average for a 2024 national Republican primary, based on polls conducted between July 12 and July 30, indicates Trump has 53.9% support, while Pence is several spots back with 4.4%

The former president did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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