Was Pence’s veiled jab at Trump when he said the GOP will not tolerate “apologists for Putin”?

As Vice President Mike Pence watches, President Trump, delivered a speech at the White House Rose Garden on April 27, 2020.

President Donald Trump speaks as Vice President Mike Pence looks on during a news conference on April 27, 2020, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Mike Pence, the former vice president of the United States, stated Friday night that there is no place in the Republican Party for “apologists for Putin.” Pence spoke to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in an address to Republican fundraisers in New Orleans. Despite the sanctions imposed by the United States and the rest of the world, Vice President Mike Pence said it was time for conservatives not to back Vladimir Putin. What state would our Eastern European allies be now if they were not a part of NATO? “If NATO had not enlarged the bounds of freedom, where would Russia’s tanks be today?” he asked. A Putin apologist will not be welcome at this party. However, despite Pence’s lack of reference to Trump, he has been one of the most outspoken Republican voices favoring Vladimir Putin. Despite Trump’s insistence that the assault on Ukraine would never have occurred under his watch, Putin has been praised as “clever,” “intelligent,” and “a genius.” While Putin is brilliant, Trump remarked last week, “the issue is not that Putin is smart — because of course he is smart — but rather that our politicians are foolish.” Dumb. “It is ridiculous,” he said. Barr claims that Trump was responsible in the broad sense for the disturbance on January 6, 2017.
Pence’s remarks come at a time when violence continues in Ukraine. On Saturday, after halting evacuation attempts in Mariupol due to continuous Russian bombardment, Putin again lambasted the wide-ranging sanctions slapped against Russia by the global community. If Ukrainian and global leaders continue to fight back against the invasion, it will jeopardize “the survival of Ukrainian sovereignty,” he added of the sanctions. According to UN agencies, three hundred and thirty-one civilians have been killed in clashes between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists. Researchers, however, advise that the actual death toll is likely far higher due to the difficulty and risk of counting the dead in battle. In the wake of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Republicans like former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have characterized the Russian president as a competent statesman who has “a lot of talents” to offer. In the wake of Lindsey O. Graham’s (R-S.C.) assertion that the “only option” to settle the conflict in Ukraine is for Putin’s assassination, politicians on both sides of the aisle lashed out at the Republican senator. While there is much unrest in the world right now, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed Graham’s statements show a “hysterical, acute pressure of a Russian eruption.” The White House likewise rejected Graham’s assassination call.

“That is not the perspective of the United States government and not a statement you would hear from the lips of anyone working in this administration,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday during a daily briefing. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Texas, and Sen. Ted Cruz called Graham’s remarks “reckless” (Ga.).

Volodymyr Nezhenets, a 54-year-old volunteer warrior, was killed in a gun battle in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on February 27. It was decided that his wishes would bury him. Fox News personality Tucker Carlson has similarly shifted his tone toward Putin after first downplaying the crisis and asked Americans why they despised him. The conservative pivot on Russia has also come from Fox News. Although Pence made a veiled reference to Trump in his Friday address, the vice president echoed the former president and blamed the Biden administration’s handling of the Ukraine conflict on the Trump administration. Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022 was “no accident,” Vice President Mike Pence stated. “Weakness arouses evil, and the enormity of evil pouring over Ukraine speaks volumes about this president,” he says. President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine was lauded for his bravery, and Zelensky said that Putin “only knows strength.” Additionally, Vice President Pence called on Republicans to support humanitarian and refugee help initiatives.

If Trump had won reelection, Bolton claims Trump would have withdrawn the United States from the NATO alliance. When asked about future elections, Vice President Pence said Republicans needed to move on from their defeat in the 2020 presidential race. During the tallying of the electoral college ballots by Congress, Trump continued to erroneously imply that Vice President Pence had the right to reverse the 2020 election. The “Hang Mike Pence!” scream that arose among the pro-Trump crowd during the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, fueled such bogus accusations. This election will be won if the Republican Party stands unified behind a vision of the future based on its most dear principles. “We can’t win by re-fighting the past or re-opening old wounds.”

Reference

Pence says there’s no room in the GOP for ‘apologists for Putin’ in veiled swipe at Trump. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/05/pence-putin-russia-apologists-gop-trump/?fbclid=IwAR2KLA9ZdTI6QDO_mmWrTl2JCxx8DxqjEUCgLKAWo_ZY0sU9oMW_I3Y8l7A

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