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 potential 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 mentioned. “I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye-to-eye on that day.”
The speech illustrated the cautious stability Mr. Pence is aiming to strike in squaring the rhetoric of the Republican Party below Mr. Trump whereas standing by his opposition to Mr. Trump’s attempts 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 “critical race theory,” a graduate school framework that has found its way into K-12 public education, 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 mentioned on the annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner hosted by the Hillsborough County Republicans in Manchester, N.H.
“America is not a racist country,” Mr. Pence mentioned to raucous applause, two days after President Biden commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.
Republicans have launched an energetic campaign in current months aiming to dictate how historic and trendy racism in America is taught in colleges, and Mr. Pence indicated his help of efforts to ban vital race principle by way of laws superior in Republican-led states. Mr. Pence had beforehand focused vital race principle in tweets and in his first speech in April after leaving workplace.
Mr. Pence’s attraction to racial politics went past training. Discussing efforts to defund legislation enforcement companies, the previous vice chairman mentioned “Black lives are not endangered by police, Black lives are saved by police,” co-opting the language of Black Lives Matter — a movement he had shunned in office.