Former Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday described systemic racism as a “left-wing myth” throughout a speech hosted by a Republican group in New Hampshire, adopting the racial politics of his former boss, President Donald J. Trump.
But Mr. Pence, a possible candidate for a 2024 presidential run, additionally distanced himself from the previous president, describing the Jan. 6 assault as “a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol.”
“President Trump and I’ve spoken many times since we left office,” Mr. Pence stated. “I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye-to-eye on that day.”
The speech illustrated the cautious steadiness Mr. Pence is aiming to strike in squaring the rhetoric of the Republican Party beneath Mr. Trump whereas standing by his opposition to Mr. Trump’s makes an attempt to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election.
After focusing a lot of his speech on touting the achievements of the Trump administration, Mr. Pence took purpose at “critical race theory,” a graduate college framework that has discovered its method into Ok-12 public schooling, asserting that younger youngsters are being taught “to be ashamed of their skin color.”
“It is past time for America to discard the left-wing myth of systemic racism,” Mr. Pence stated on the annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner hosted by the Hillsborough County Republicans in Manchester, N.H.
“America is not a racist country,” Mr. Pence stated to raucous applause, two days after President Biden commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.
Republicans have launched an brisk marketing campaign in latest months aiming to dictate how historic and trendy racism in America is taught in faculties, and Mr. Pence indicated his help of efforts to ban essential race concept by way of laws superior in Republican-led states. Mr. Pence had beforehand focused essential race concept in tweets and in his first speech in April after leaving workplace.
Mr. Pence’s enchantment to racial politics went past schooling. Discussing efforts to defund legislation enforcement businesses, the previous vp stated “Black lives are not endangered by police, Black lives are saved by police,” co-opting the language of Black Lives Matter — a motion he had shunned in workplace.