Don’t look now but former Vice President Mike Pence just went full RINO and hinted he wants Trump out.
In a move that has attracted both headlines and attention, Mike Pence, former Vice President of the United States, made a surprise trip to Ukraine in a show of solidarity and support for the nation and its fight against Russia. During his trip, Pence visited several sites of atrocities in the early phase of the war in Irpin, Bucha and Moschun, before meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the presidential palace in the capital of Kyiv.
“The United States and the free world continue to stand with you until victory is achieved and justice is also achieved,” Pence told Zelenskyy of American support for Ukraine.
Pence’s visit and message stands in contrast to that of his Republican competitors and colleagues. Just a few months back, President Joe Biden made a similar trip to the country, while a divide on the support of Ukraine emerged among Republicans when former President Donald Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis both expressed more isolationist positions.
Pence seemed to use a Democrat talking point to make a back handed attack on the former president.
“I know the difference between a genius and a war criminal, and I know who needs to win this war in Ukraine, and it’s the people fighting for their freedom and fighting to restore their national sovereignty. There is no room in our party for apologists for Putin. There is only room for champions of freedom,” Pence wrote on social media with pictures highlighting his trip to Ukraine.
I know the difference between a genius and a war criminal, and I know who needs to win this war in Ukraine, and it's the people fighting for their freedom and fighting to restore their national sovereignty. There is no room in our party for apologists for Putin. There is only… pic.twitter.com/VKyeM0exgU
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) June 29, 2023
Pence has taken a firm stand against these positions, stating he believes that the majority of Americans and Republicans understand that America is the leader of the free world and campaigning on the Reagan Doctrine – that is, the idea to fend off enemies on their soil to prevent American involvement. While he does not advocate for a “blank check” to Ukraine, he cautioned against withholding resources as doing so could have far-reaching consequences.
The purpose of Pence’s trip appears to have been to position himself as the most experienced and best equipped to handle critical affairs on the world stage if he were to become the President. Furthermore, it serves as a statement that the US will continue to stand for freedom and justice and not be swayed by actions of other nations.