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Mike Pence takes a step forward toward a possible run for the presidency of the United States in 2024

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The integrity of Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States, when the attack on the Capitol took place on January 6, 2021 could cost him his life if the crowd of Trump supporters screaming for his head got away with it. As he did when he distanced himself from the missing Donald Trump, he is doing it again with a view to the future and is examining the possibility of running as a presidential candidate in 2024. If Pence refused to support his boss’s excesses at the time, he now asserts that he is a possible option to replace Joe Biden in the White House. He’s had the applause of many Republicans from the start for dismissing Trump’s anti-Democratic drift, but like the tycoon’s candidacy, it’s all up in the air, and at the same time, it all illuminates such a possibility. Pence’s name, even if understood, already sounds like the presidential race.

Pence, an evangelical Christian ultraconservative who on Jan. 6 placed legality above his ideology and personal allegiance, attended a cult Wednesday at a Baptist temple in Florence, South Carolina to spread his revealed truth. “We are at a turning point in American history,” Pence preached to around 1,500 believers. “The Bible tells us that without a vision men perish.” And his vision, interspersed with quotations from scripture and calls to action, came to life in this nursery of evangelical voters, one of former President Trump’s key supporters in 2016.

Pence spoke of the fight against abortion after the repeal of the doctrine Deer vs Wade by the Supreme Court, which he believes has only just begun; about the need for tax reform and how to stop it grew up Democrats in the culture wars that are tearing the country apart and polarizing it to the point of violence. Pence touched on many subjects, but he never once referred to Trump, whom he did not name, although he recalled his time in the White House. “The Trump Pence administration,” he said at the ceremony, which was a hybrid of liturgy and rally.

Unlike the upstart Trump, who got into the White House thanks to his business and media success, Pence offers political solvency: he served six terms as a congressman and Indiana governor before coming to the White House as the tycoon’s loyal squire. He now uses that experience and internal credibility to repair the damage Trump has done to the Republican Party, which has been multiplied in recent months by the tycoon’s support of Ultramontane candidates against Republican representatives furnishings Republicans in the primaries. A pulse of ups and downs, as Trump doesn’t always smile about victory in his attempt to shape the party in his image of the dethroned king.

Since the split between the two 18 months ago, Pence – despite his ultra-tongue – has reaffirmed himself as a reasonable option and, most importantly, independent. Like Trump, who plays with the possibility of the announcement – that is, with time and with expectation multiplied by guesswork – the team surrounding the former vice president only says that it is likely that he will take this step regardless of Trump’s decision. “Pence is creating its own space,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. That is, the space left vacant by the most right-wing faction of the party with the shock power of the MAGA movements (Make America Great Again) J Stop theftthat viscous magma of conspiracy theories inoculated by Trump but passing him by like a rabid Frankenstein.

With Trump’s shadow still looming, many Republican congressmen are hoping their party will return to its pre-2016 identity, when Pence was seen by the right as a symbol of conservative solidity. The problem is that few in the public dare to make their support explicit as the party is still half-hijacked by Trump’s monopolizing personality. For this reason, Pence’s campaign, and particularly his undermining of Midwestern officials, has been quiet, with few appearances at fundraisers, picnics, barbecues, and such events that are so popular with locals. Unlike Trump, who lives installed in his own image, Pence rejects the limelight

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Many Republican congressmen who once voted against confirming Biden’s election victory — a mere procedure that the Congressional Commission of Inquiry says degenerated into an attempted coup at the behest of Trump — have finally sided with Pence, believing him to be the only one with the election victory considered ability to unite the party, which is almost as polarized as the country. Among them Lee Zeldin, who is running for governor of New York in the primaries at the end of August: In January 2021 he voted against confirming Biden’s election victory and just a year later invited to a fundraiser in Pence. Evidence of the prevailing polarization and aggressiveness is the attempted attack Zeldin suffered at another campaign event this Thursday by an individual with a sharp object who failed to reach his target.

The protesters who stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021 uttered various war cries, one of the most repeated “pence hang”. That martyrdom The former vice president’s concept works very well when it comes to building a candidacy, as does his promise to cleanse the party of Donald Trump’s original sin. Healing and fellowship, a message that seems to come from a pulpit already occupied by Mike Pence.

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