Former Vice President Mike Pence stated Thursday that he wasn’t positive that he and former President Donald Trump would ever see “eye to eye” over what occurred on Jan. 6 however that he would “always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years.”
Pence, talking at a Republican dinner within the early voting state of New Hampshire, gave his most intensive feedback so far on the occasions of Jan. 6, when indignant Trump supporters broke into the Capitol constructing, some chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” after the vp stated he didn’t have the ability to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory.
“As I said that day, Jan. 6 was a dark day in history of the United States Capitol. But thanks to the swift action of the Capitol Police and federal law enforcement, violence was quelled. The Capitol was secured,” Pence stated.
“And that same day, we reconvened the Congress and did our duty under the Constitution and the laws of the United States,” Pence continued. “You know, President Trump and I have spoken many times since we left office. And I don’t know if we’ll ever see to eye on that day.”
It was a rare departure for Pence, who spent four years standing loyally beside his boss amid controversy, investigation and impeachment. It comes as Pence considers his own potential 2024 White House run and as Republicans, some of whom were angry at Trump in the days after the Jan. 6 insurrection, have largely coalesced back around the former president.
Pence praised Trump several times during his nearly 35-minute speech at the Hillsborough County Republican Committee’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Awards Dinner in Manchester. He tried to turn the events of Jan. 6 back around on Democrats, saying they wanted to keep the insurrection in the news to divert attention from President Joe Biden’s liberal agenda.
“I will not allow Democrats or their allies in the media to use one tragic day to discredit the aspirations of millions of Americans. Or allow Democrats or their allies in the media to distract our attention from a new administration intent on dividing our country to advance the radical agenda,” Pence stated. “My fellow Republicans, for our nation, for our future, for our youngsters and our grandchildren, we should transfer ahead, united.”
He accused Biden of campaigning as a reasonable however changing into essentially the most liberal president since President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He stated the administration pressured by means of Congress “a covid bill to fund massive expansion of the welfare state” and was pushing a “so-called infrastructure bill” that was actually a “thinly-disguised climate change bill” funded with cuts within the navy and historic tax will increase.
“I just say enough is enough,” he stated, including that “we’re going to stand strong for freedom.”
Pence additionally stumble on a number of favourite themes of conservative Republicans, emphasizing the necessity for states to shore up voter integrity across the nation. He additionally praised regulation enforcement as heroes, suggesting that “Black lives are not endangered by police. Black lives are saved by police every day.”
He additionally pushed again in opposition to “critical race theory,” which seeks to reframe the narrative of American historical past.
Its proponents argue that federal regulation has preserved the unequal remedy of individuals on the premise of race and that the nation was based on the theft of land and labor. But Republicans have stated ideas suggesting that persons are inherently racist or that America was based on racial oppression are divisive and don’t have any place within the classroom.
“America is not a racist country,” he stated, prompting certainly one of a number of standing ovations and cheers throughout his speech.
“It is past time for America to discard the left-wing myth of systemic racism,” Pence stated. “I commend state legislators and governors across the country for banning critical race theory from our schools.”
His alternative of states, together with that April look in South Carolina, is aimed toward rising his visibility as he considers whether or not to run for the White House in 2024.
Trump is more and more appearing and speaking like he plans to make a run as he units out on a extra public section of his post-presidency, starting with a speech on Saturday in North Carolina.
Since leaving workplace in January, Pence has been doing work with the Heritage Foundation and Young America’s Foundation. His staff stated he plans extra journeys, together with stops in Texas, California and Michigan.
Along along with his visits to South Carolina and New Hampshire, Pence has been hitting the fundraising circuit. He is ready to talk subsequent week at one other fundraiser hosted by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, will journey to North Carolina for a Heritage Foundation donor occasion, and can then head to California, the place he’ll participate within the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s audio system’ sequence, a Republican National Committee donor retreat and a Young America’s Foundation occasion, in keeping with aides.
Among different distinguished Republicans, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley stated in April that she would stand down if Trump determined to run in 2024. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has undertaken an aggressive schedule, visiting states that may play a pivotal function within the 2024 primaries and signing a contract with Fox News Channel.
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