Former President Donald Trump has just been served by a prominent member of his own cabinet.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the nation does not need leaders who embrace “victimism,” hours after Trump’s 2024 campaign announcement.
Pompeo’s sharp words on Twitter came after Trump repeatedly portrayed himself as a victim during his speech.
“I’m a victim, I’ll tell you. I’m a victim,’ said Trumpreferring to the FBI’s seizure of classified government documents from his home and ongoing criminal investigation.
Before his announcement, the former president continued to falsely rant that he had been cheated in the 2020 election. Many Trump-supported candidates repeated the tiresome lies lost in the midterms, further eroding his strength in the GOP.
Pompeo, without mentioning Trump’s name, seemed to attack the former president’s wrangling about the past — imagined and otherwise.
“We need more seriousness, less noise and leaders who look ahead and don’t stare into the rearview mirror to claim victimhood.” Pompeo tweeted.
Pompeo, who is weighing his own 2024 presidential bid, made a similar comment ahead of Trump’s announcement, hammering home a point. He said he would probably decide in the spring whether to run.
“These are very personal decisions and we will work our way out and once we figure it out, we will let the American people know,” Pompeo said per Politico.
Pompeo told TBEN News last month that he would vote for Trump without hesitation if the former president wins the 2024 GOP primary.