Michael Cardinal , FISM News
Former Vice President Mike Pence reiterated on Thursday that he had “no such authority” to “reject or return electoral votes” when certifying the election on January 6th. While he acknowledged that some in his party disagree with him on this, Pence stressed that the Republican party must hold to the Constitution, even when “it would be politically expedient to do otherwise.”
Pence made the remarks from the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California where he addressed the future of the Republican Party. In the speech he adamantly defended former President Donald Trump, criticized the far-left agenda of Biden, and laid out what he believes should be the focus of Republicans moving forward.
Pence had come under criticism from Trump as well as others within the GOP for his role on January 6th. In a speech earlier this month, Pence had said that he and Trump may never see “eye to eye” on the events of that day. However, on Thursday Pence praised Trump in his speech comparing him to Reagan:
President Donald Trump is also one of a kind. He too disrupted the status quo, he challenged the establishment, he invigorated our movement, and he set a bold new course for America in the 21st century.
Pence also went into detail about all that was done in what he called “four years of results,” concluding that “over the past four years the conservative movement has been energized unlike anything we’ve seen since those heady days of the 1980s.”
Pence condemned President Joe Biden for all that he has done to “wipe out all of the progress that was made” under Trump. He then discussed three pillars that must remain at the center of the new Republican agenda: 1) recognizing border security as national security, 2) putting American workers first, and 3) identifying China as the greatest threat to America. He said these must join the traditional pillars of the GOP, which include “maintaining a strong national defense, free market economics, traditional values, and the right to life.”
While Pence and Trump may differ on the events of January 6, they still hold similar views on the future of the Republican Party. Pence, however, asserted that his first allegiance isn’t to the Republican party. He reiterated his priorities at the beginning of his speech, saying, “I am a Christian, a Conservative, and a Republican, in that order.
All in all, Pence believes that the future of the GOP is “bright.”