Former Vice President Mike Pence made a serious break from President Trump in a public effort to distance himself from the former president and the controversy surrounding events that unfolded on January 6th.
The former vice president appeared to discredit Trump and the veracity of the many voter fraud concerns that are still being investigated across the country in his remarks in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Thursday.
“The truth is, there is almost no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president,” he said.
Pence told the crowd of more than 800 that he fulfilled his constitutional duty by certifying the election results, saying, “I will always be proud that we did our part on that tragic day to reconvene the Congress and fulfilled our duty under the Constitution and the laws of the United States.”
Pence tried to appeal to the crowd in making his clear break from Trump.
“Now, I understand the disappointment many feel about the last election. I can relate. I was on the ballot. But you know, there’s more at stake than our party and our political fortunes in this moment. If we lose faith in the Constitution, we won’t just lose elections – we’ll lose our country,” he said.
(Video: Reagan Foundation)
“As I said that day, Jan. 6 was a dark day in the 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. And that same day, we reconvened the Congress and did our duty under the Constitution and the laws of the United States,” Pence continued.
Then, as if to try to recapture the crowd and their support, he halted his criticisms and made a call for unity.
“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 their radical agenda,” he continued, “My fellow Republicans, for our country, for our future, for our children and our grandchildren, we must move forward, united.”
Pence has previously voiced that he would “never see eye to eye” with Trump on the events of January 6th.
Former President Trump addressed the election and the fallout from January in an interview on Monday with Christian Bible Network’s David Brody.
“Well, I’ve always liked Mike and I’m very disappointed that he didn’t send it back to the Legislatures when you have more votes than you have voters in some cases, and when you have the kind of things that were known then,” he said.
Trump continued, voicing his own disapproval of Pence’s actions.
“I was disappointed that he didn’t send it back. I felt that he had the right to send it back. He should have sent it back. That’s my opinion,” he added.
Last weekend, the former president, who has been teasing a 2024 run, hinted that if he announces, Pence may not be on the ballot: “Mike and I have a good relationship, we continue to have a good—but it’s too early to be discussing running mates certainly.”
Pence continued his remarks and touted the achievements of the Trump administration over the last four years and compared Trump to former President Ronald Reagan.
“He too disrupted the status quo. He challenged the establishment. He invigorated our movement and set a bold new course for America,” Pence stated.
Pence highlighted the importance of defending Republican ideology in the face of the Democrats’ majority.
“We live in a time when the leaders in the Democratic Party routinely demean the American founding. We must make it clear the Republican Party will always defend the principles at the heart of our republic,” he said.
On Tuesday, Trump released a statement condemning Georgia for only now removing 100,000 names deemed “obsolete and outdated” from voter rolls.
Common sense would argue that a state may do that before a presidential election, but not Georgia.
In his statement, Trump further addressed voter integrity concerns.
“Doing this, they say, will ensure voting files are up to date, while at the same time ensuring voter integrity in future elections. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE LAST ELECTION? WHY WASN’T THIS DONE PRIOR TO THE NOVEMBER 3RD PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, where they had us losing by a very small number of votes, many times less than the 101,789 figure?” he asked.
Trump continued, venturing to say this move meant he won the state of Georgia in the presidential election: “This means we (you!) won the Presidential Election in Georgia. But don’t fret, much other information will soon be revealed about Georgia—and other States as well. It is coming out FAST and FURIOUS. The 2020 Presidential Election was rigged!”
The former vice president’s remarks have overshadowed the fact that many Americans are still licking their wounds after the devastating defeat as Democrats employ policies that make America more unrecognizable by the day.
That reality became clear last Friday at a Faith & Freedom Coalition event in Orlando where the former vice president was booed and even called a “traitor.”
Pence gets drowned out by hecklers at the Faith & Freedom Coalition summit, some of whom appear to be chanting “traitor!” pic.twitter.com/pAQxavsK3O
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) June 18, 2021
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