“After years where FBI agents were found to be acting on political motivation during our administration, the appearance of continued partisanship by the Justice Department must be addressed,” former Vice President Mike Pence wrote.
“We’ve never been a country where people who take power, like becoming president, now use that power to persecute their past or future political opponent,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) stated in a video. “We’ve never seen that — until tonight.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has called for Garland’s impeachment over the raid. “At a minimum, Garland must resign or be impeached. The search warrant must be published. Christoper Wray must be removed. And the FBI reformed top to bottom,” he said.
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) told CBS News the raid impacts the credibility of the FBI. “It has to be something of incredible magnitude for, at least, my side of the aisle to say that was warranted,” Scott said. “Without that, we’re going to find ourselves in a very big mess as it relates to the credibility of the FBI. As opposed to rushing to judgment, the most important thing we can do is let it play out.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland defended the Department of Justice and FBI today from baseless, bizarre, and dangerous attacks from Republican lawmakers all week.
Cheney is running for reelection against Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman in the August 16 primary. Cheney’s seeming support of the FBI’s raid against Trump is consistent with her broader focus on fighting Trump.
Trump’s endorsed candidate, Hageman, is leading in the primary polls among Republicans by 57 points, Brian Harnisch, the director of the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC), stated on Thursday.
Cheney has received a large amount of cash and support from outside the state — establishment donors looking to save her from defeat. Cheney has outraised the challenger by nearly three to one. Yet Hageman has done very well with Wyoming voters, who have donated more than $1.2 million — more than four times as much as Wyoming voters have donated to Cheney, FEC data shows.
Hageman told Breitbart News that Cheney’s alliance with the establishment uniparty has politically damaged her in Wyoming. “Liz Cheney has lost Wyoming. Liz Cheney doesn’t live in Wyoming. She doesn’t represent us,” Hageman said. “She doesn’t represent our values.”
Former Vice President Mike Pence met with a group of Republican congressmembers Wednesday on Capitol Hill to map out his vision of a House GOP agenda should the party take the lower chamber majority in November.
Pence detailed his “freedom agenda” to a room of dozens of members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), of which he once served as chair before becoming Indiana governor and later vice president.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), a fellow Hoosier and the current RSC chair, spoke to Breitbart News in an interview after attending the private RSC event. Banks said political leaders like Pence, as well as others in the potential 2024 arena such as Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) or former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, have been drawn to meeting with the massive 160-member caucus that is the “heart and soul of the Republican Conference.”
The RSC is “building the roadmap for what Republicans need to do to not just win back the majority but to save our country and keep the majority for a long time to come,” Banks said, adding, “And our voters and Republican leaders, all of us are hungry for leadership of substance, and the RSC is providing it unlike ever before, and especially in this important moment.”
Pence’s appearance comes as murmurs about former President Donald Trump making an early announcement for a third bid for the presidency ramp up, and as many in the media, such as the New York Times and CNN, remain hyperfocused on Pence and Trump’s relationship as it relates to 2020 controversies about alleged voter fraud and the January 6 Capitol riot.
“This morning’s meeting was not about January 6. It didn’t even come up except for one comment that’s already been leaked,” Banks clarified, in reference to several reports that Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) stood up during the event and thanked Pence for “defending” the “Constitution” in January 2021.
Banks said of the Roy comment, “That exchange in our meeting this morning was a blip. It was very small. It was like one second of an hour-long dialogue about our agenda when we get the majority back.”
Banks said Pence highlighted his 28-page freedom agenda, which Politico first published in March. The ambitious three-pronged plan lays out policies relating to American culture, opportunity, and leadership, and covers nearly every top issue, from border security to energy costs to crime, education, abortion, labor, taxation, manufacturing, and more.
A Pence adviser quipped to Breitbart News of the plan that it does not include any tax increases, a comment that comes after Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), the chair of the campaign arm for Senate Republicans, released an 11-point plan with a controversial tax increase provision.
Scott’s plan was also criticized by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as unnecessary at the time of its release.
Banks said that in an “obvious contrast to the Senate,” Pence on Wednesday drove home the point to House lawmakers that running on an agenda creates a “mandate” to advance that agenda. “If you run on nothing, you have a mandate to do nothing,” Banks said, adding that the contrast with the Senate will become even “more obvious when Leader McCarthy rolls out our House Republican agenda,” which McCarthy plans to do in September.
Pence has remained active in the political scene since departing the White House, campaigning for candidates, attending speaking engagements, and visiting the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
Pence’s meeting with the RSC comes just after the former vice president appeared at a gathering Tuesday evening with several of McCarthy’s “young guns” congressional candidates, and just before he was set to deliver a speech about post-Roe America in South Carolina Wednesday evening and attend campaign events in Arizona on Friday.
Pence, who is fervently pro-life and pro-family, spoke Wednesday during his speech to Florence Baptist Temple about the “new chapter in American history” following Roe being “relegated to the ash heap of history where it belongs,” according to a copy of his remarks.
On Friday in Arizona, Pence will campaign for Karrin Taylor Robson, on the same day and in the same state that Trump will hold a rally for Robson’s top opponent, Kari Lake. The competing events will create a closely watched split-screen moment illustrative of the proxy wars playing out ahead of 2024 between Trump and various other GOP factions.
Pence staying so strategically involved and influential has perpetuated speculation that Pence could run — potentially against Trump — in the 2024 presidential primary, but the Pence adviser said the former vice president is laser-focused on the 2022 midterms, which largely dictate how Republicans will fare in 2024.
Banks said Pence only praised the Trump agenda and the Trump-Pence administrative pursuits during the RSC meeting.
Banks also noted the RSC plans to work with Trump himself on plans for advancing Trump’s America First agenda and broke the news Friday to Breitbart News that the RSC would in fact be meeting with Trump at his residence in Bedminster, New Jersey, in early August.
The old guard of the Republican Party in the state that once sent Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to the U.S. Senate is now laying it all on the line in a gubernatorial primary in an attempt to prevent the return of former President Donald Trump to power.
What has become a proxy war between Trump and several elements of the old donor class and seen skirmishes in other states like Georgia and Nebraska in gubernatorial primaries this year has now burst out into the wide open just two weeks ahead of the all-important August 2 election.
The battle that has been playing out all year has seen victories and losses for both sides — albeit far more wins for Trump and far more losses for the donor class establishment, though some early strategically-placed victories for the old guard had some wondering if Trump had lost his fastball. Trump is perfect in U.S. Senate primary endorsements so far this cycle, and also has a perfect endorsement record across 23 states after a win this week in Maryland’s gubernatorial primary against Never Trump Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) handpicked candidate. But the establishment delivered victories for its candidates against his in a handful of places like Nebraska’s gubernatorial primary and in Georgia in several races. But Trump’s 147–10 record overall nationwide — many of these wins in heavily contested primaries, such as Senate races in Ohio or North Carolina or the gubernatorial primary in Maryland — suggests a former president firmly in control of the future of his party.
However, this Friday will foreshadow maybe one of the biggest tests yet, where Trump and his former vice president, Mike Pence, will both appear in Arizona, campaigning in separate parts of the state in support of opposing candidates. The split-screen just two weeks ahead of Election Day — while ballots are already out and people are already voting early by mail — is the most intense direct contrast this ongoing proxy war for control of the party has seen this year. It also comes immediately on the heels of Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), an ardent Trump foe, predicting that if Trump runs again in 2024 he will face a crowded field presumably containing people like his former wingman Pence, and possibly others like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), a bevy of U.S. senators who might give it a go, or former cabinet officials who may be planning to run themselves.
While those battles are not happening yet directly in front of the public — they very much are playing out behind the scenes with consultants and party power brokers trying to change the landscape to deliver advantages to their favored players — Friday’s events in Arizona could very well be a major preview of things to come in the months and years ahead for Trump and for the party as a whole.
Trump’s candidate in Arizona’s gubernatorial race, Kari Lake, is a former longtime local television anchor running a fervently pro-America First campaign focused largely on taking on the Republican establishment. Lake will appear alongside the former president Friday for a rally in Prescott Valley. Lake told Breitbart News in an interview this month the “McCain machine” is at play in her race, a reference to the late Arizona Republican who served as U.S. senator for Arizona for more than three decades.
McCain has “his hand up, pulling up from the grave, trying to hold on to complete control of Arizona, and the America First MAGA movement is saying, ‘No, it’s not going to go that way this time,’” Lake said.
Lake’s top rival, businesswoman Karrin Taylor Robson, has deep pockets and a wide array of backers intent on tipping the scales in the contentious battleground, which Trump lost in the general election by less than half a percent in 2020. Robson, who has nearly tripled Lake in fundraising by self-funding more than half of her money raised, is backed by Pence, as well as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).
Pence’s appearance at two events this Friday, in Phoenix and southern Arizona, will mark his most public divergence from Trump yet as he vouches for Robson in the same state and on the same day Trump will be rallying for Lake.
This internecine fight between the two sides of the GOP also offers the latest test of Trump’s strength in primaries for state executives. While Trump has been perfect in Senate endorsements and most House endorsements save for a couple in Georgia — those are much more national political fights than gubernatorial races — Trump has had a more mixed record in gubernatorial primaries.
Trump picks, such as incumbent Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Kristi Noem of South Dakota, among others, easily dispatched primary opponents earlier this year. But when Trump tried to topple Kemp in Georgia, it did not work out so well.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp stands with former Vice President Mike Pence at a campaign event at the on May 23, 2022, in Kennesaw, Georgia. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Similarly, when Trump tried to upset the powers-that-be in Nebraska with a rabble-rousing firebrand against the hand-picked successor of the outgoing Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) — a member of the powerful Ricketts family of TD Ameritrade donor class wealth and fame — it did not work either. Trump picks in other open governor primaries, like in Maryland this week and in Nevada earlier this summer, have been more successful.
It is from some sitting Republican governors, like Hogan in Maryland or Ducey in Arizona — Ducey is extremely tied to the highest levels of the donor class establishment, as McConnell attempted unsuccessfully to woo him into the U.S. Senate primary this year — where Trump faces some of his biggest resistance in completing a total takeover of the Republican Party even in his post-presidency.
This race is not the first time Pence has bucked his former president, as he backed Kemp in Georgia as well as even sending staff down to help the governor and holding an event with him in the final days.
But instead of just notching their wins earlier this year and moving on, it seems the donor class is getting eager to knock Trump out and challenging him more aggressively in some of these later primaries. Since Trump has not yet endorsed in Missouri’s competitive U.S. Senate primary, where donor class forces are firmly against former Gov. Eric Greitens — Trump has said he is opposed to Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) but has not narrowed down further between Greitens and Attorney General Eric Schmitt — the biggest landscape left on the intra-party primary battlefield in 2022 is Arizona.
It is in Arizona where Trump is all in in the governor’s primary and in the U.S. Senate primary — his candidate there, Blake Masters, seems to be cruising to the nomination and not facing the same kind of resistance from establishment forces as Lake is in the governor race — and therefore the most exposed to a potential embarrassing loss.
But that sword swings both ways. The race in Arizona is a far different picture than, for example, Georgia, as Lake is a clear frontrunner in polls. As writer Laurie Roberts observed in an ArizonaRepublic op-ed, more is therefore on the line politically for Pence and the others as they invest in boosting the opponent of Lake, and, by proxy, Trump. And if the establishment fails to stop Lake — and thereby Trump — here in this race, they in effect are clearing the way for him in 2024 and giving the former president a massive booster shot of momentum in the arm and making his potential victory that much sweeter.
Trump, who is widely expected to make a third run for president in 2024, has repeatedly floated the idea publicly during rallies this year and, according to the New York Times, has “accelerated his planning in recent weeks.”
Pence has not ruled out taking Trump on in a presidential primary contest, though the former vice president has not exceeded single digits in primary polling and has consistently come in behind DeSantis, whom polls show Republicans favor should Trump decide not to run. Trump, when polled against them all, generally but with very rare exceptions leads significantly — the latest poll shows him up 30 points nationally over everyone else — and having friends in high places later could come in very handy for the former president if and when he needs a break somewhere in a possible crowded field.
But the donor class is clamoring to stop Trump, with this latest battleground in Arizona being one front in the proxy war that establishment forces are hinting at everywhere, and many have even explicitly made their intentions to oppose him clear.
One donor class scion, former Republican National Committee chairman and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, for instance, told the Times, “I don’t think anyone is inevitable.” Maybe so, but the donor class betting it all against Trump — especially if they lose in McCain’s home state — could very well make a Trump comeback that much more “inevitable.”
The House Select Committee on Jan. 6 continued its show trials Thursday in the panel’s third hearing on the Capitol riot probing everything but the riot.
Retired federal judge Michael Luttig and former White House counsel for Vice President Mike Pence, Greg Jacob, testified before the committee on the vice president’s role certifying the election results over President Donald Trump’s objections.
Luttig told the committee Pence’s compliance with Trump’s orders to halt certification of the 2020 contest “would have been the first constitutional crisis since the founding of the republic.”
“If I had been advising the vice president of the United States on Jan. 6,” Luttig said, “I would have laid my body across the road before I would have let the vice president overturn the 2020 election.”
The panel spent hours reviewing Trump’s efforts through theories espoused by attorney and law professor John Eastman to convince the vice president to thwart the electoral process on Jan. 6. Pence ultimately rebuked the president and continued with certification until the mob breached Capitol security interrupting the joint session of Congress. The vice president was taken to a secure location under the complex while rioters chanted “hang Mike Pence” above.
The Jan. 6 Committee characteristically dedicated little time to the Capitol security failures that put Pence’s safety in jeopardy, and instead blamed Trump for doing so through a pressure campaign to stop the count.
After about two hours, the House panel finally detailed Pence’s whereabouts at the Capitol as rioters overwhelmed police and entered the chambers.
California Democrat Rep. Pete Aguilar, who led Thursday’s questioning, asked Pence counsel Jacobs, who was with the vice president throughout the riot about the day’s events.
“Forty feet between the vice president and the mob,” Aguilar said after playing footage from the Capitol. “Mr. Jacob, you were there, seeing that for the first time, does it surprise you to see how close the mob was to the evacuation route that you took?”
“I could hear the din of the rioters in the building while we moved but I don’t think I was aware that they were as close as that,” Jacobs said, and was later asked to recount how his faith comforted him amid the riot.
The questioning was obviously designed to solicit emotion for a committee operating with the sole purpose of smearing political dissidents without any legitimate legislative value. If Aguilar and the rest of the panel were seriously concerned about Pence’s safety and the circumstances that led to the vice president being forced to shelter in a secure location, a more appropriate subject for questioning would have been former House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving. If not Irving, then any other top official involved in maintaining Capitol security or Pence’s secret service detail, which must have coordinated with officials at the complex.
As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s chief security officer in the lower chamber, Irving is at the center of the controversy surrounding the failures that led the mob into the Capitol. According to former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, Irving and Pelosi refused to deploy the National Guard to reinforce the Capitol security team six times. Irving said the National Guard presence would be bad “optics.”
Capitol Police, meanwhile, were ill-equipped and ill-trained to handle the horde of demonstrators who flooded the Capitol, according to a 128-page bipartisan Senate report, and were only half-staffed on Jan. 6. Irving, however, refused cooperation with lawmakers in the upper chamber.
Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — Former Vice President Mike Pence spoke about the importance of an active conservative movement in America’s education systems, telling Breitbart News, “One of the most important battlefields for the future is on the campuses of our colleges and universities.”
Breitbart News sat down with Pence in Pavilion IV on the Lawn at the University of Virginia, part of Thomas Jefferson’s historic Academical Village, which he designed to be the physical representation of the “intellectual frontiers that lay open to discovery” — an apt location given the topics he was set to address later in the evening to an auditorium packed with students.
Pence was optimistic about the future of education in America, as more and more conservatives are getting involved and changing institutions to be more liberty-centric after decades of leftist control.
“The antidote to cancel culture is freedom. The antidote to woke America is freedom,” he said. “And I really believe that because of the work that conservatives are doing of traveling around the country, going on to campuses, bringing our message and our agenda of freedom. Freedom starting to win back ground on college and university campuses around the country.”
Leftists attempted to force the school’s administration to ban Pence from speaking, but some administrators and faculty at the university stood up for the First Amendment.
“I was not surprised by the initial opposition to me coming here,” Pence told Breitbart News. “But I was pleasantly surprised by the willingness of the administration and prominent members of the faculty to stand up for freedom of speech.”
When asked what he thought the left was afraid of in hearing his point of view, he said that college campuses had been largely ideologically monolithic for decades, and intellectual confrontation — once the cornerstone of a college education — was an affront to the status quo.
“Anyone that has looked to higher education in the last 40 years has seen the increasing dominance of left-wing politics, whether it be Marxist economics or socialist policies,” he said. “They’ve really dominated on the college campuses and really become the central guiding philosophy on many campuses.”
“I think conservatives being willing to take our case to the campuses and challenge that liberal orthodoxy is very threatening to some who are not used to being challenged, because the truth of the matter is they’re out of practice defending their agenda,” he continued.
Prior to speaking with Pence, Breitbart News received an email from a Virginia father whose daughter is a high school senior who wants to attend UVA.
The father was concerned by the controversy surrounding Pence’s visit and said that free expression is “something very meaningful to me and my family.”
“Our family is potentially looking at a significant financial investment, where we’re going to have to sacrifice, to send her to a place where she’s going to feel stifled and restricted from expressing her viewpoints,” he continued.
When asked how he would respond to the father, Pence said, “I would say to that father that I think freedom is winning on campuses around America.”
Pence said the fact that he is speaking at UVA is proof-positive of this, and brought up another recent controversy surrounding his ability to speak at Stanford University.
“I spoke at Stanford recently, and the Young America’s Foundation group at Stanford had to appeal three and four different times to get the student senate to approve my opportunity to speak on campus, and we had protesters both inside and outside,” he explained, saying there could just as easily be protesters at his speech to UVA that was only hours away.
For Pence, though, “that’s what freedom sounds like.”
“The deafening silence of liberal orthodoxy on campuses has stifled open debate for decades, but it’s opening up now,” he concluded. “I think the more that we can have conservative students on campus, the more that we can have conservative speakers on campus, and frankly, the more that we can see people pursue careers in academia and come on to the campus bringing a conservative worldview, it’s going to be the better for America and the better for the future.”
Active and involved conservatives are not just required for the future of colleges and universities, Pence said, but for K–12 schools as well.
School choice is paramount to fixing America’s education system, he explained, pointing to the nationwide, grassroots parents movement to reform school boards, remove their members, and elect new ones as a response to the indoctrination taking place in their children’s schools.
“But I think there’s always been — and let me let me say this as the husband of a school teacher, Karen spent 35 years in public and private classrooms — I think there’s always been among the American public a certain deference to school teachers, a certain respect for school teachers, and support for public education is reflective of that,” he said, referencing Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R), who rode the education issue to victory last November.
Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin and his wife Suzanne arrive to a campaign rally at the Chesterfield County Airport, November 1, 2021, in Richmond, Virginia. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
“But I think what you saw in Glenn Youngkin’s election here in Virginia — which you’ve seen in school board elections around the country in the last year and I think you’ll continue to see — is that is that parents are embracing an agenda of education freedom, and in a very real sense taking back our schools and taking back ownership of our schools,” Pence added.
Pence said the stage has been set for significant changes in education, which is largely an unintended result of the coronavirus pandemic and its heavy restrictions on children.
Parents started to take notice of what their children were really learning at school because many of them were required to attend class on a computer, Pence said, “and they weren’t happy about it.”
The issues that made headlines out of Loudoun County, Virginia, were the issues that defined this new national movement for conservatives, which “turned out a Democrat administration and elected Governor Glenn Youngkin.”
But the issue does not stop at the borders of the Old Dominion.
Parents around the country witnessed “heavy pressure from the teachers’ unions” to force school closures “while many private schools around America opened up and so many parents were asking the question why they couldn’t choose to send their children to the private, Christian, parochial school down the street that was open as opposed to having them study at home at the kitchen table.”
That is why it is important for conservatives to empower “parents to take back our schools and choose where their children go to school, and to recognize the importance of parental rights.”
Pence said he believes that right now is a historical “moment for education freedom and school choice as never before.”
Breccan F. Thiesis a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — Former Vice President Mike Pence is speaking at the University of Virginia on Tuesday evening after news of his invite prompted leftist students to pressure the school’s administration to ban his event.
The event is hosted by Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) at UVA.
U.S. ‘going through hell’ because of Pence, Trump says
The former U.S. president reiterated claims that Mike Pence had the right to overturn the 2020 election if there was ‘obvious’ voter fraud
Donald Trump has criticized Mike Pence for refusing to intervene and challenge the result of the 2020 presidential election, branding his former vice president as an “automatic conveyor belt” for Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) to “get Biden elected President as quickly as possible.”
In a statement on Friday, Trump reiterated his claims that Pence had the power to take action “if obvious signs of voter fraud or irregularities” were found during the election. In such situations, he noted that it “would have been appropriate to send those votes back to the legislatures to figure it out.”
The remarks came in response to Pence’s comments at a private gathering about how Trump was “wrong” for claiming the vice president had the power to overturn the 2020 election result. He criticized the “notion that any one person could choose the American president” as “un-American.”
Over the past two years, Trump has occasionally attacked Pence for certifying the Electoral College results on January 6, 2021, maintaining that he could have acted unilaterally to reject them in his constitutional role as the presiding officer over the receiving and counting of electoral ballots cast in presidential elections.
The former US president also took aim at McConnell, labeling him an “Old Crow.” He warned that Democrats and RINOs [Republican in name only] were “working feverishly together to change the very law that Mike Pence and his unwitting advisors used on January 6 to say he had no choice.”
The reason they want it changed is because they now say they don’t want the vice-president to have the right to ensure an honest vote. In other words, I was right and everyone knows it.
Trump was likely referring to reports last month about a bipartisan effort by lawmakers to discuss potential changes to the Electoral Count Act, a 19th century law that outlines how the Electoral College results are counted. McConnell had previously said the notion of making changes to the statute was “worth discussing.”
Noting that the “Dems and RINOs want to take [the vice-president’s] right away,” Trump said that not overturning the election results was a “great opportunity lost.” He claimed that the “country is going to hell” for that lack of action.
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Former Vice President Mike Pence told Breitbart News exclusively that he is now certain thanks to pro-life activists’ work for the past nearly half century that Roe v. Wade will eventually be overturned, whether it be in a forthcoming ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on a Mississippi abortion law or a future case down the road.
Pence also said he is sure former President Donald Trump would agree with him when he credits the pro-life fighters across America for the landmark change in U.S. abortion policy that seems to be on the horizon.
Pence, who made the comments in an exclusive interview on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel, was speaking in a recorded interview immediately following oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Mississippi abortion law case earlier this week on Wednesday. In the interview which aired on Saturday morning, Pence argued that this moment is possible only because President Trump appointed three pro-life Justices in Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court during his presidency—and that was only possible because of nearly half a century of work of pro-life activists like in the Breitbart News audience working to elect pro-life lawmakers everywhere in America.
Abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on December 1, 2021. – The justices weigh whether to uphold a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks and overrule the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
“I couldn’t be more proud to have served alongside the most pro-life president in American history,” Pence said. “I mean, President Donald Trump kept his word to the American people—and to appoint strict constructionist strong conservatives not just at the Supreme Court of the United States but nearly 300 federal judges confirmed across the country that, as I said at the National Press Club I don’t know if we will overturn Roe v. Wade in this case, I don’t know if it will happen now. But I know it will happen. Not just because of the renewed conservative majority on the Supreme Court, but because of this extraordinary generation of conservatives that President Trump appointed to our courts all across the country. But I think the President would be quick as I am to say that where the real credit is due is among your listeners who for almost a half a century have never given up on the cause of life, have worked, have prayed, have given, have advocated, have supported pro-life candidates from our ticket to the Congress to state houses to city halls all across America. I know the left thought that the pro-life movement would run out of steam, but as you and I both know it is stronger today than it’s ever been before. In fact, people in your generation are rightly called the pro-life generation because younger Americans grow more and more pro-life every day. In a very real sense, whether it be students for life around the country or all of the youth pro-life movements, it’s young people, young women and men in America that are driving us to this moment. So I give great credit to President Trump and in our administration’s effort to thoughtfully consider judicial appointments and to keep our word to the American people to appoint conservatives, but it was the strength of 74 million Americans all across this country who stood with us in in 2020, who stood for life in all the decades before that. If our hope and our prayers are fulfilled and Roe versus Wade is overturned, the credit will go to the American people who never gave up on life and by their efforts restored the sanctity of life to the center of American law.”
Pence’s interview came right after the conclusion of oral arguments before the high court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case which will determine whether Mississippi’s law can stand. The Supreme Court may actually overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that set the tone for abortion for nearly 50 years, as part of its ruling on this case.
“I have to tell you, I’m very encouraged,” Pence said when asked to react to the oral arguments. “I thought the solicitor of Mississippi and his focus on the people’s ability to decide the issue of abortion at the state level was very well presented. In my remarks to the National Press Club the day before oral arguments that that was essentially the case that we made. We know that the the left will will continue to make the argument against overturning Roe v. Wade, they’ll continue to paint a dark picture of America but more than 60 million unborn children have have lost their lives since Roe v. Wade was issued by the Supreme Court in 1973. Nearly 50 years on and the time has come to return this great moral question to the states and to the people. To hear the solicitor of Mississippi, Mr. Stewart, make that case very eloquently before the Supreme Court was an a great encouragement to me and my hope and my prayer, literally, is that it will persuade our new conservative majority on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and give America a new beginning for life.”
Asked, too, what he thinks of where things stand after hearing comments and questions from the various Supreme Court Justices during the oral arguments, Pence said he is hopeful.
“I think we have a great opportunity for a fresh start on life in America,” Pence said. “I thought that was evident today. Of course, three of those justices I’m proud to say were appointed by President Donald Trump and confirmed during our administration. I had the privilege of interviewing all the finalists for the Supreme Court all three rounds. The President asked me to sit down to spend personal time. I can tell you that not only are appointees but Justice Clarence Thomas, who has been a stalwart for life and for overturning Roe v. Wade throughout his long and storied career on the Court, Justice Alito and I would also say that I would continue to hold out hope that the Chief Justice Roberts would see his way clear to the wisdom of overturning Roe versus Wade. There’s lots of legal theories about what could happen here, but the legal scholars that I respect the most hold the view that when you look at Roe versus Wade, you look at its progeny and in the Casey case the viability standard that exists today, I think all point to the the best, the cleanest, the strongest decision the Supreme Court can make in this moment is simply to overturn Roe v. Wade, reject that framework, and allow states and the people to once again have the power to resolve this question. Now, that doesn’t mean the debate over abortion will end by any means, but it will then move to the states and move to the people. I relish the opportunity of taking the case for life to one state legislature after another all across America. I’m very encouraged at the opportunity that we have in this case, and we’ll just continue to hope to be a voice but also to pray for a new beginning for life.”
Pence had delivered an address at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, the day before oral arguments on the matter. As Breitbart News reported ahead of the speech, Pence laid out just how devastating Roe v. Wade has been for the world and just how many unborn babies were killed as a result of the decision. Asked about those speech comments, Pence told Breitbart News that the vast majority of abortion clinics are in minority areas and that tens of millions of American lives have been taken by abortion.
“It grieves the heart of every American who cherishes the right to life to think that more than 60 million innocent, defenseless unborn babies were aborted since Roe v. Wade was issued by the Court in 1973,” Pence said. “But we do well to remember the incalculable promise of every one of those lives. It’s a number essentially equal to 20 percent of the American population today that is not with us. In a very real sense what Roe vs. Wade did was it relegated unborn children to a second class pass with no legal protections completely outside the scope of the law. Also, as I reflected at the at the Press Club yesterday, America’s largest abortion provider Planned Parenthood of America—as you know, I authored the first legislation to defund Planned Parenthood back in 2007—but the largest abortion provider in America was founded by a woman named Margaret Sanger who was an open advocate of eugenics and she advanced the cause of abortion for specifically racist intentions. Planned Parenthood today has the majority of its clinics in minority areas. Even though blacks and Hispanics represent only a third of our population, they represent two thirds of the abortions in America so whether it’s the impact specifically on minorities over the scope of history, whether it be the loss of so many tens of millions of lives, or whether it be the loss of the incalculable promise of each and every one of those lives, I do believe as I said at the National Press Club that it has been in every real sense an affront to humanity and it’s time to put Roe versus Wade on the ash heap of history where it belongs. We can trust the American people to resolve this issue and to have these debates and I know that the left not only today but on every day between now and when the Supreme Court makes their decision in the Dobbs case that that we’re going to continue to hear the the scare tactics of the left. But at the end of the day this is about trusting the American people and recognizing that it was through the legislative process at the state levels that we ended abortion in the 19th century and early 20th century and I trust the American people with the cause of life. I’m hopeful and I’ll say optimistic that this Supreme Court, this renewed conservative majority on the Supreme Court of the United States, appointed by a Republican president and the most pro-life administration in history will give us that new beginning for life.”
Pro-life activists gather in front of the US Supreme Court at the 44th annual March for Life on January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Anti-abortion activists are gathering for the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, protesting the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. (JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
That speech from Pence was part of a series of speeches he has been giving in recent months focused on laying out a policy vision for the future of the country. He has delivered a law and order focused address in Portland, Oregon, an education focused address in Virginia, a China focused address at the Heritage Foundation and more.
“I went to Virginia in June and spoke in Loudoun County about a week before that historic Republican victory,” Pence said. “We gave a speech on educational choice there and got a tremendous response from all those courageous parents that were standing up for the right of parents to be in the driver’s seat on their children’s education. It’s been a great privilege for me to be traveling across the country.”
Pence has also been active fundraising for GOP candidates and lawmakers ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, and has made a number of trips to early 2024 presidential primary states like Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
“I will tell you that for 2022 all of my focus is entirely going to be on winning back the Congress, winning back the Senate—and electing and reelecting strong conservatives in state houses all across the country,” Pence said. “I honestly believe that 2022 is an opportunity not just for a winning election but it’s an opportunity for a realignment election. I think if all of us do all that we need to do in the next year, to be the loyal opposition to be holding the Biden administration accountable for its cascading failures—whether it be the worst border crisis in 30 years, the worst inflation in decades, whether it be the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan—a combination of radical left ideology and incompetence is failing the country every day, and we need to make that case. But in the days ahead, I’m also going to look forward to build on that portfolio of speeches I’ve been giving to make sure that we lay out a positive vision for the American people. The Bible says without a vision, the people perish. I can honestly tell you that when we defeated the Nancy Pelosi’s majority in 2010, I was the conference chairman in the House of Representatives and we won 63 seats that year because we did both things. We held them accountable, held their feet to the fire, we fought them hard on every one of their liberal issues. Secondly, we articulated a positive conservative agenda grounded in conservative principles. We carried the day in 2010. I really believe in my heart of hearts we’re going to win back the Congress in 2022. On that foundation we will win back America in 2024.”
Asked about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi getting caught again violating public health guidance from President Joe Biden by not wearing a mask in a crowded indoor setting—Breitbart News published the exclusive last week—Pence said “I heard” about it.
“We are going to retire Speaker Nancy Pelosi once and for all in 2022,” Pence said. “Everyone hearing the sound of my voice ought to be doing everything in their power to support, to canvass, to campaign, and to pray for all the courageous men and women who are stepping forward in these congressional races around the country. We have a profound opportunity to turn back this big government socialist freight train that is being being run by Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer and replace it with a freedom majority in the United States House and the United States Senate. I’m absolutely committed to doing my part to support our team all across the country. Look, it’s that hypocrisy though—you remember the hairdresser visit even, more than a year ago—when I led the White House Coronavirus Task Force, it was all about taking the steps that were necessary so that the American people, our families and our healthcare workers in the states had the resources to meet this moment. But it was all about empowering people to make decisions for their own family and for their own health. When we reinvented testing from a standing start, and had hundreds of millions of tests in just a matter of months, when we develop therapeutics, when we saw to the distribution of literally billions of medical supplies, shipped all across the country—and then when we did what Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi said couldn’t be done, and that is we produced safe and effective vaccines before the end of the year that have now vaccinated nearly 200 million Americans in one year alone. We did all of that for a free society.”
Pence also commended Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in particular, and generally GOP governors who have stood up for freedom against Biden’s policies.
“I want to commend Governor DeSantis and Governor Abbott and the other governors around the country who have understood that,” Pence said. “I have to tell you, I was taken aback when President Joe Biden gave the speech in August when he announced his unconstitutional vaccine mandate. You remember it when he said ‘we have been patient, but our patience is running thin’? Then he went on to say what I thought was even even more egregious. He said, ‘this is not about freedom.’ Well, America is about freedom. This is a free society. Everything other than the face of the American people the only thing that explains the extraordinary prosperity of our long and storied history is freedom. So as we have met this moment in this pandemic in an Herculean ways and literally created medicines that are saving people around the world, I commend all of those across the country that are that are standing up for the basic principle that this is a free country. You know, I got a vaccine, I got a booster, I encourage everybody to do it. But that’s your call. That’s your decision. And we’ve got to keep America open, keep America recovering, and our anthem has to be freedom.”
Asked about his future and whether he intends to run for president in 2024 himself, Pence said he is not sure yet—but that he is committed to the cause of retaking GOP majorities in Congress and then in 2024 removing the Biden administration to replace him with a Republican.
“The calling of my life is the conservative cause in this country. It’s been a joy for me to be out on the road across the country,” Pence said. “Those speeches that you’ve talked about, the work that we’re doing at the foundation, we created Advancing American Freedom, the podcast—I’m going to continue to be a voice for conservative values, for a strong national defense, for less government, less taxes, for traditional moral values and the right to life. I’m going to be out there campaigning all this next year for people who share those values and want to bring this country back. We’ll let the future take care of itself. Come 2023, we’ll look around, we’ll reflect, we’ll pray, and we’ll go where we’re called. But for now, I just encourage every one of the great Breitbart News Saturday listeners to just focus on 2022. We have an extraordinary opportunity to win back the Congress, to win back state houses across America and we’ll lay a foundation to win back this country in 2024.”
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