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Mike Pence attacks ‘liberal’ Joe Biden and vows to ‘cancel cancel culture’

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Former vice president Mike Pence speaks at an event sponsored by the Palmetto Family organization on 29 April 2021 in Columbia, South Carolina. The address was his first since the end of his vice presidency. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Former vice president Mike Pence vowed in his first speech since leaving office to “push back” on the “far-left agenda” that he believes is wrong for America.

Pence spoke at an event for the Palmetto Family Council – a far-right, anti-LGBT+ conservative Christian organisation – in South Carolina on Thursday (29 April). In his first public appearance since leaving the White House, the former vice president slammed president Biden and his “avalanche of liberal policies”. He said the Biden administration was pushing the “far-left agenda” while praising his administration with the former president, Donald Trump.

“In just 100 days, the Biden-Harris administration has launched an avalanche of liberal policies that threaten to derail all the progress that we made for a safer, more prosperous, more secure America,” Pence said.

He argued that his time working with Trump was the “greatest honour of my life”, and it was “four years of consequence”, “results” and “promises made and promises kept”.

In contrast, Mike Pence said the Biden administration had been “cancelling our most cherished liberties” and that he’d “had enough”. He said it was time for Americans to “stand up and unite behind a positive agenda and win back America”.

“The time has come for freedom-loving Americans to stand up to the far-left agenda of the Biden-Harris administration and say enough is enough,” Pence said. “It’s time to unite behind a positive agenda built upon our highest ideals and win back America.”

He also said the “movement” will “reject critical race theory” in publicly-funded education institutions, and it will “cancel cancel culture wherever it arises”. Pence also said that he planned to use the coming months to push “back on the liberal agenda” that he says is wrong for the country.

It is widely believed that Pence might be setting the stage to run in the 2024 election. Republicans have said the former vice president would be a “strong contender” for a presidential nomination.

In April, he launched a political group called Advancing American Freedom to promote “traditional conservative values” and the “successful policies of the Trump administration”. He said conservatives would not “stand idly by as the radical left”. The group includes other high-profile Republican political and policy advisors including Kellyanne Conway, Newt and Callista Gringrich and Larry Kudlow.

Pence has been shoring up ties with other far-right conservatives. He announced that he would be forging a partnership with the anti-LGBT+ think tank Heritage Foundation. Pence joined as a distinguished visiting fellow to help advise Heritage experts on public policy issues and ensure the organisation “remains the leading conservative voice on solutions to America’s biggest challenges”.

Mike Pence might have to challenge his ex-boss Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in the 2024 election. Trump said in April that he is “beyond seriously” considering another run for the Oval Office because he misses “helping people”.

A few days later, he confirmed that he “100 per cent” was thinking about running again. Trump said he would “certainly consider” his “friend” and viciously anti-LGBT+ Florida governor Ron DeSantis as his running mate. He believed the pair would be “very successful” if they managed to get the nomination.

Mike Pence launches ‘conservative values’ group to defend Trumpism

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US vice president Mike Pence speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the US Department of Education 8 July 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Former vice president Mike Pence is launching a political group to promote “traditional conservative values” and defend Trump policies.

Pence has remained fairly under the radar since leaving the White House in January. His most high-profile move thus far had been joining the anti-LGBT+ conservative think tank Heritage Foundation as a distinguished visiting fellow.

Now, it appears that Pence will continue his career of forging ties within the conservative community as he builds his own advocacy group. The Washington Examiner reported Pence launched Advancing American Freedom on Wednesday (7 April) to promote “traditional conservative values” and “the successful policies of the Trump administration”.

“Conservatives will not stand idly by as the radical left and the new administration attempt to threaten America’s standing as the greatest nation in the world with their destructive policies,” Pence said.

Mike Pence also announced the group’s advisory board which includes high-profile Republican political and policy advisors, many of whom worked for Trump. Advancing American Freedom’s board includes Kellyanne Conway, the former counsellor to president Trump; Newt and Callista Gingrich; and Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow.

The group’s website claims Pence and the advisory board are in a “unique position” to “merge traditional conservative values with the Make America Great Again policy agenda”. It will also “oppose the expansion of government” under the Biden-Harris administration, which the group claims are part of the “radical Left”.

Advancing American Freedom’s emergence comes as rumours swirl about if Mike Pence will run in the 2024 election.

While a second Trump run hasn’t been ruled out, there has been speculation about which Republicans might be expected to be in the running. Mike Pompeo and Nikki Haley are widely expected to run for the Republican nomination.

Pence is also predicted to be in the running and appears to already be garnering support to lay the groundwork. Republican strategist Alice Stewart told the AP that Pence could be a suitable candidate for a future presidential run. She said Pence has a “way of splitting hairs and threading the needle that has paid off in the past year”.

Stewart explained that Pence will have to “make money, lay the groundwork” and “gauge the support” for a future run before he can “pull the trigger”.

Home state of Mike Pence could be next to ban conversion therapy

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Vice president Mike Pence. (Getty/J. Scott Applewhite)

Indiana, the home-state of vice-president Mike Pence, could be next in line to ban traumatising conversion therapy for LGBT+ people in a groundbreaking move.

JD Ford and Sue Errington, two Indiana Democrats, have introduced bills that would outlaw the dangerous practice in the state.

If passed, the bills would “make anti-LGBTQ practices illegal” and “penalise businesses and Hoosiers who participate in [the] debunked conspiracy theory”, according to the Stonewall Democrats.

“Putting a stop to this harmful and detrimental practice can save the lives of countless LGBTQ Hoosiers,” Ford said, according to WRTV.

“Our state has the chance to end this harmful and detrimental practice this year. A person’s sexual orientation or gender identity is not a disease that needs [to be] cured.

“In fact, every major medical and mental health organisation in our country has condemned the use of ‘conversion therapy’… there is no financial risk to our state government for approving this legislation, so why not do this?”

Meanwhile, Errington said in a press release that most people in Indiana have “never heard of conversion therapy” – but said the practice is ongoing in the state.

“I personally know some of my constituents were subjected to ‘conversion therapy’ as children and are concerned about its use on young people today,” Errington said.

“Last summer, a transgender friend of mine from Delaware County reached out to me and asked me to help end ‘conversion therapy’ in Indiana. Her plea prompted me to introduce House Bill 1213, which would end the use of this discredbied practice and protect Hoosiers who are born as LGBTQ.”

If the legislation is passed, Indiana would join 20 other states that have banned conversion therapy in some form.

Mike Pence has tried to rewrite his historic support of conversion therapy.

The news will likely come as a disappointment to the outgoing vice-president, who is famous for his connections to the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy.

On the archived website for Pence’s 2000 congressional campaign, he suggested that funding for HIV prevention programming should be suspended and instead diverted to organisations that “provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behaviour”.

While campaigning to be vice-president, Mike Pence repeatedly declined requests to disavow the comments or clarify his point of view.

After being elected he attempted to rewrite history, claiming that he never actually supported the practise — even though his website had directly called for the therapy.

Mike Pence and Donald Trump are set to wave goodbye to their days as vice-president and president of the United States, with president-elect Joe Biden set to be inaugurated on 20 January.

 

Mike Pence plans to flee country after Biden certifying vote, insiders say / Queerty

Mike Pence plans to flee country after Biden certifying vote,

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

That’s exactly what Mike Pence plans to do after Congress certifies President-elect Joe Biden’s win on January 6.

According to multiple sources, the one-term vice president will immediately depart on an extended “foreign trip” after he fulfills his constitutional duty of confirming the election’s winner.

Three U.S. officials tell Politico that Pence is planning to be gone for at least a week, possibly longer.

Pence’s aides are keeping tight-lipped about the whole thing, but Politico managed to get a copy of at least a partial itinerary that shows the outgoing veep traveling to Israel, followed by Poland, with the possibility of more stops being added in the coming weeks.

Considering that Donald Trump still refuses to concede the race and, according to CNN, has told advisors he might refuse to leave the White House on January 20, Pence having to officially acknowledge Biden as the winner is most definitely going to cause some hard feelings inside the Oval Office.

“I suspect the timing is anything but coincidental,” an insider tells Politico. “By no means is this going to be an easy moment for the vice president or president to stomach.

The trip will mark the second time since Trump’s historic loss that Pence hightailed it outta Washington, D.C. to avoid his boss’ ire and/or cash in his PTO before he’s out of a job next month.

Almost immediately after the election was called for Biden in November, Pence and his wife, Mother, jetted off to Florida for a five-day, post-election vacation getaway on Sanibel Island.

Related: Mike Pence flees D.C. as Trump fumes and coronavirus ravages the West Wing

Pete Buttigieg reveals how he role-played Mike Pence with Kamala Harris

Pete Buttigieg reveals how he role-played Mike Pence with Kamala

Pete Buttigieg has revealed how he channeled his “inner Mike Pence” while helping Kamala Harris prepare for the vice-presidential debate.

In a strange twist of fate, the gay former presidential candidate has been role-playing as Pence in mock debates with Harris to help her practise.

Appearing in an MNBC segment ahead of the big showdown on Wednesday evening, Pete Buttigieg was asked by Rachel Maddow to describe his process for “channeling your inner Mike Pence” – and the gay former presidential candidate gave a tantalising glimpse.

“A lot of it’s been about anticipating things that might happen, and as we saw in 2016, Mike Pence is someone who is comfortable saying things that are utterly false with a completely straight face,” Buttigieg said.

“It’s one of the reasons that he’s actually a very effective debater. And we wanted to make sure that we’re prepared for that.”

He added that Pence delivers mistruths in a “more soothing much more calming way than Donald Trump but still putting out those same falsehoods.”

Though the idea of Buttigieg impersonating Pence may seem bizarre, in some ways it’s the perfect casting as the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana has a long history with Pence, who served as governor of Indiana before becoming vice president.

And he repeatedly crossed swords with Pence during his Democratic primary campaign – with the vice president posting a smiling selfie alongside a pastor who had called for Buttigieg to “repent” his sexuality.

Buttigieg suggested he’d grown closer to Harris over their mock debates together.

“My respect for Kamala Harris only grew during the time that we were competing and only more so now,” he said.

“She has such a command of the facts and the American people really are with us, but that doesn’t mean that tonight’s debate is going to be an easy task.”