Former President Donald Trump called his onetime running mate "mortally wounded" within the Republican Party for his refusal to help overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Trump, who said in January that former Vice President Mike Pence lacked the "courage" to send the votes back to the states, argued Pence would be damaged politically for his oversight of the certification of President Joe Biden's electoral victory.

"I think Mike has been very badly hurt by what took place in respect to Jan. 6," Trump said at an event in Florida over the weekend, according to multiple outlets. "I think he's been mortally wounded, frankly, because I see the reaction he's getting from people."


Trump, who has enjoyed enduring popularity within the GOP base, said that Pence's Jan. 6 decision was his only disappointment with the former vice president but maintained that it was a significant issue.

"It's like saying we won the game, [and] we win another game, but we got our a** kicked in the World Series," Trump said. "Mike should have sent those crooked votes back to the legislatures, and you would have had a different result in the election, in my opinion."

Pence certified the results of the 2020 election on Jan. 6, the day of the storming of the Capitol building in an effort to stonewall the process. His decision to certify was met with criticism on the Right, as many believed the 2020 election was filled with voter fraud despite officials' reassurances that the votes were secure. Pence has continued to defend his decision to certify the results, saying it was his responsibility to defend the Constitution.

"Psalm 15 says he keeps his oath even when it hurts," Pence said in November, according to Business Insider. "I understand the disappointment in the election. You might remember I was on the ballot. But you've got to be willing to do your duty."


Earlier this year, Pence was seen at GOP events, including headlining several prominent Republican fundraisers, sparking rumors of a presidential bid in 2024. Trump is also considered a top 2024 prospect, but he has signaled he'd be open to dropping Pence from the ticket if he ran again.