On Tuesday evening, former Vice President Mike Pence praised Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyy, criticized President Biden and “cancel culture” and said he would tell his child, “I love you” if his son or daughter came out as gay.
His remarks at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, more than four years removed from a violent white nationalist rally in 2017, revealed a political figure trying to at once embrace and set himself apart from former President Donald Trump, as he begins to chart a course for his own potential presidential bid in 2024.
While his visit was centered around free speech and was billed as “How to Save America from the Woke Left,” he also advocated supporting the Ukrainian people and called Russia’s invasion an “unconscionable war of aggression.”
Pence embraced the Trump agenda as he touted its accomplishments, and he compared Trump to Republican icon Ronald Reagan by saying both challenged the political establishment.
“Under the Trump-Pence administration, we actually achieved things that conservatives had only talked about for generations,” he said. “We did it all by standing strong for freedom.” (more)