So much for the idea Mike Pence and Donald Trump could work together.
Pence is openly challenging Trump.
And Mike Pence crossed a line with Donald Trump that no one thought was possible.
As Black Eye Politics reports:
In a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Mike Pence offered a full-throated defense of George Bush-style Republicanism and attacked Donald Trump’s America First agenda.
“Today, on the cusp of a new era of Republican leadership … I think we need to chart a course that doesn’t veer off too far in either direction,” Pence stated.
Pence then slammed Donald Trump for remaking the Republican Party with a focus on more working-class conservatism and away from the donor-class agenda of open borders, endless wars and globalist trade deals.
“Our movement cannot forsake the foundational commitment that we have to security, to limited government, to liberty and to life. But nor can we allow our movement to be led astray by the siren song of unprincipled populism that’s unmoored from our oldest traditions and most cherished values,” Pence stated. “Let me say: This movement and the party that it animates must remain the movement of a strong national defense, limited government and traditional moral values and life.”
Pence then attacked the grassroots conservatives Trump attracted to the Republican Party who were skeptical of the John McCain/Hillary Clinton foreign policy that Pence supports as agents of appeasement.
Pence continued his rant and rebuked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for listening to conservatives in his caucus and telling Punchbowl News that a new Republican majority would not provide a blank check for Joe Biden’s proxy war with Russia in Ukraine.
The former vice president agreed with RINO Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Never Trump stalwart Mitt Romney that Republicans should back Joe Biden to the hilt.
“Now, I know there is a rising chorus in our party, including some new voices to our movement, who would have us disengaged with the wider world,” Pence added. “But appeasement has never worked, ever, in history. And now more than ever, we need a conservative movement committed to America’s role as leader of the free world and as a vanguard of American values.”
Finally, Pence played to the fake news media lies about Donald Trump cozying up to Putin declaring there should be no room in the conservative movement for “Putin apologists.”
“As Russia continues its unconscionable war of aggression to Ukraine, I believe that conservatives must make it clear that Putin must stop and Putin will pay,” Pence declared. “There can be no room in the conservative movement for apologists to Putin. There is only room in this movement for champions of freedom.”
Both Pence and Trump are likely to run for president in 2024.
And Pence will get his chance on a debate stage to tell Republican voters why the GOP should march in lockstep with Joe Biden on foreign policy.