Pence rips boldness from Biden’s Democratic speech
Former Vice President Mike Pence spoke out against President Biden’s speech, saying ‘MAGA Republicans’ were a threat to democracy, telling a group of conservative women the speech amounted to a ‘campaign rally partisan” which demonized the right.
“Did you see that speech last week? President Biden held a partisan campaign rally at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, flanked by uniformed U.S. Marines, and revealed what’s really at stake in the upcoming election,” Pence said in remarks Wednesday night at Concerned Women for America, a conservative anti-abortion group. .
Pence took particular issue with Biden’s comments that Republicans who oppose abortion rights are setting the country “backwards.” Pence lobbied for states to pass their own abortion-restricting laws after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade over the summer.
“The president has made it clear that he views pro-life Americans as enemies of democracy,” Pence said. “In fact, he said that anyone who refuses to bend the knee to his left-wing extremist ideology represents ‘an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic’.”
“Never before in the history of our nation has a president stood before the American people and accused millions of his own people of being a ‘threat to this country,'” Pence continued. “To cap it all, President Biden had the audacity to say, ‘I’m asking our nation to come together, to unite.'”
Republican lawmakers and conservatives have sharply criticized Biden’s speech in Philadelphia last week in which the president warned that former President Trump and Republicans aligned with him pose a threat to democracy.
Biden specifically cited the way “MAGA Republicans” attack law enforcement, sow distrust in election results and spread conspiracy theories as ways to undermine democracy.
Biden has since said he doesn’t believe all Trump voters pose a threat to democracy, but many GOP members have still chastised the president for giving what they see as a political address attacking conservatives.
But Pence’s criticisms were particularly notable because of his former boss.
Trump frequently demonizes Democrats, portraying them as socialists and declaring at a campaign rally that Biden was an “enemy of the state” in response to the Philadelphia speech.
Pence also faced danger on January 6, 2021, when a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and could be heard chanting “Hang Mike Pence” after Trump had spent months claiming that there had been widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election and that Pence unilaterally could overturn the results.
Pence has spoken about the day several times over the past few months, saying he disagrees with Trump and feels it is his duty to certify the election results.
The former vice president is widely seen as a potential 2024 presidential candidate. Pence has made several trips to early-voting states like New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina, and he’s been a presence prominent in boosting Republican candidates ahead of midterms.