Pence Plans Trip to Florida Vacation Spot as Trump Contests Vote

Vice President Mike Pence is planning to travel to Sanibel, Florida, on Tuesday -- a regular vacation spot for his family -- as President Donald Trump fights to try to reverse his re-election defeat, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The Federal Aviation Administration placed a VIP flight restriction zone on the Florida island from Tuesday to Saturday. Pence is the VIP, the person said, and intends to travel to the island on Tuesday.

Pence said in a February speech that he’s been vacationing in Sanibel for 30 years. “The president goes to Palm Beach; I go to Sanibel Island,” he said.

His office did not respond to requests for comment.

Trump has mounted legal and public relations efforts in four states to try to sow doubt on the election outcome and throw out ballots in order to potentially swing the result in his favor. He has claimed without evidence that Joe Biden benefited from illegal votes.

Some of Trump’s allies have noted that Pence has been largely absent from the effort, beyond supportive tweets. One was issued Friday after Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., called out Republicans who aspire to run for president in 2024 for not doing more to back the president.

Pence said Monday on Twitter that he had told his staff “it ain’t over til it’s over, and this AIN’T over!”

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