MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Former Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday he wasn’t sure he and former President Donald Trump would ever see “eye to eye” for what happened Jan. 6, but that he “would always be proud of what he did.” we have achieved for the American people for the last four years. “
Pence, speaking at a Republican dinner in the state of New Hampshire with early voting, made his most extensive comments to date on the events of January 6, when angry Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, some singing “Hang Mike Pence! ” after the vice president said he had no power to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory.
“As I said that day, January 6 was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol. But thanks to the swift action of Capitol police and federal law enforcement, the violence was stifled. The Capitol was insured, ”Pence said.
“And that same day, we reconvened Congress and fulfilled our duty under the United States Constitution and laws,” 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 each other’s eyes that day. “
It was an uncommon outing for Pence, who spent four years standing loyal next to his boss amid controversy, investigations and dismissal. It comes when Pence considers his own potential led by the White House in 2024 and as Republicans, some of whom were angry with Trump in the days following the Jan. 6 uprising, have largely agreed around the former president.
Pence praised Trump several times during his nearly 35-minute speech at the annual Lincoln-Reagan Awards dinner of the Hillsborough County Republican Committee in Manchester. He tried to turn the January 6 events upside down to Democrats, saying they wanted to keep the insurgency in the news to divert attention from Biden’s liberal agenda.
“I will not allow Democrats or their media allies to use a 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 trying to divide our country to move forward on its radical agenda, “Pence said.” My fellow Republicans, for our country. , for our future, for our children and grandchildren, we must move forward, united “.
He accused Biden of campaigning as a moderate but becoming the most liberal president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. He said the administration forced through Congress “a COVID bill to fund the massive expansion of the welfare state” and pushed for a “so-called infrastructure bill” that was really a “draft bill.” finely disguised climate change law “funded with cuts in the army and history. tax increases.
FILE: President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence take to the stage during the first day of the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, NC, on August 24, 2020.
“I’m just saying that’s enough,” he said, adding that “we’re going to stand up for freedom.”
Pence also addressed several favorite issues of conservative Republicans, emphasizing the need for states to strengthen voter integrity across the country. He praised law enforcement as heroes and said, “Police do not endanger black lives. Police save black lives every day.”
He also backtracked on the “critical theory of race,” which seeks to rethink the narrative of American history.
Proponents argue that federal law has preserved unequal treatment of people on the grounds of race and that the country was founded on theft of land and labor. But Republicans have said that concepts that suggest people are intrinsically racist or that America was founded on racial oppression are divisive and have no place in the classroom.
“The United States is not a racist country,” he said, eliciting one of several cheers and applause during his speech.
“Time has passed for America to dismiss the left-wing myth of systemic racism,” Pence said. “I congratulate state legislators and governors across the country for banning the critical race theory from our schools.”
His election of states, including his April appearance in South Carolina, aims to increase his visibility as he considers whether to run for the White House in 2024.
Trump is acting and speaking more and more as if he plans to make a career out as he begins in a more public phase of his post-presidency, beginning with a speech Saturday in North Carolina.
Since leaving office in January, Pence has been working with the Heritage Foundation and the Young America’s Foundation. His team said it plans more trips, including stops in Texas, California and Michigan.
Along with his visits to South Carolina and New Hampshire, Pence has been on the fundraising circuit. He will be ready to speak next week at another fundraiser hosted by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, will travel to North Carolina for a Heritage Foundation donor event and then head to California. , where he will participate in the Ronald Reagan Foundation and Institute series of speakers, a Republican National Committee donor withdrawal, and a Young America’s Foundation event, according to the aides.
Among other prominent Republicans, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said in April that she would retire if Trump decided to run in 2024. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has embarked on an aggressive schedule. visiting states that will play a key role in the 2024 primaries and signing a contract with Fox News Channel.