January 27, 2023

That followed a performance Tuesday night at a “Young Guns” fundraising dinner hosted by California Republican and minority leader Representative Kevin McCarthy at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Washington. Mr. Pence’s performance there was described by one contestant as a homecoming for him. Mr Trump was only mentioned in the context of discussing the “Trump-Pence achievements”.

“Most Republican officials will need people who both like and support both men,” Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster, said of Mr. Pence and Mr. Trump. “I think it will be difficult to win most elections with supporters of just one of them.” He added, “We are rising above our cognitive dissonance.”

Mr. LaHood, who has been endorsed by Mr. Trump, was one of the more than 120 House Republicans who signed a lawsuit headed by the Texas Attorney General that sought to essentially nullify the Supreme Court’s election results in major swing states. The congressman finally voted on Jan. 6 to support Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory. to confirm.

But Representative Jim Banks, the Indiana Republican who invited Mr. Pence to appear this week, voted against certifying the election results, in line with the majority of GOP members of the House. Still, in the weeks following the Capitol storming, Mr. Banks and a group of other conservative lawmakers who had supported Mr Trump’s attempt to invalidate his defeat in Congress met Mr. Pence. Mr. Banks thanked the vice president for the role he played that day in confirming the election results, even as a mob of violent protesters threatened to hang him.

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At the time, Mr. Banks said that Mr. Pence was in a unique position to unite Republicans after the violence and that the former vice president should become the party’s flag bearer, according to people in the room who described the private session on the condition that of anonymity.

But a few months later, Mr. Banks said… posted a photo from mr. Trump’s Bedminster, NJ, golf club, in which he flashed a thumbs-up next to the former president.