Former Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday described systemic racism as a “left-wing delusion” throughout a speech hosted by a Republican group in New Hampshire, adopting the racial politics of his former boss, President Donald J. Trump.
However Mr. Pence, a possible candidate for a 2024 presidential run, additionally distanced himself from the previous president, describing the Jan. 6 assault as “a darkish day within the historical past of the USA Capitol.”
“President Trump and I’ve spoken many occasions since we left workplace,” Mr. Pence mentioned. “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 Social gathering 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 goal at “crucial race concept,” a graduate faculty framework that has discovered its method into Okay-12 public schooling, asserting that younger youngsters are being taught “to be ashamed of their pores and skin colour.”
“It’s previous time for America to discard the left-wing delusion of systemic racism,” Mr. Pence mentioned on the annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner hosted by the Hillsborough County Republicans in Manchester, N.H.
“America just isn’t a racist nation,” Mr. Pence mentioned to raucous applause, two days after President Biden commemorated the a hundredth anniversary of the Tulsa Race Bloodbath.
Republicans have launched an brisk marketing campaign in latest months aiming to dictate how historic and fashionable racism in America is taught in colleges, and Mr. Pence indicated his help of efforts to ban crucial race concept by means of laws superior in Republican-led states. Mr. Pence had beforehand focused crucial 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 mentioned “Black lives aren’t endangered by police, Black lives are saved by police,” co-opting the language of Black Lives Matter — a motion he had shunned in workplace.