slightly out of touch? … NYT

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In a speech to a New Hampshire G.O.P. group, Pence calls systemic racism a ‘left-wing myth.’

Former Vice President Mike Pence speaking tonight in New Hampshire. “It is past time for America to discard the left-wing myth of systemic racism,” Mr. Pence said at the event.
Former Vice President Mike Pence speaking tonight in New Hampshire. “It is past time for America to discard the left-wing myth of systemic racism,” Mr. Pence said at the event.Credit…Elise Amendola/Associated Press

By Chris Cameron

  • June 3, 2021

Former Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday described systemic racism as a “left-wing myth” during a speech hosted by a Republican group in New Hampshire, adopting the racial politics of his former boss, President Donald J. Trump.

But Mr. Pence, a potential candidate for a 2024 presidential run, also distanced himself from the former president, describing the Jan. 6 attack as “a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol.”

“President Trump and I’ve spoken many times since we left office,” Mr. Pence said. “I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye-to-eye on that day.”

The speech illustrated the careful balance Mr. Pence is aiming to strike in squaring the rhetoric of the Republican Party under Mr. Trump while standing by his opposition to Mr. Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

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