MIKE Pence has said he’s “had enough” of Joe Biden as he accused the president of turning the United States into a “secular welfare state”.
President Joe Biden during an event in the Eisenhower Executive Office BuildingCredit: AFP
Mike Pence speaks during the Family Leadership SummitCredit: AP
“I came here today to say that after 177 days of open borders, higher taxes, runaway spending, defunding the police, abortion on demand, censoring free speech, canceling our most cherished liberties, I’ve had enough,” Pence told the crowd of some 1,200 people.
Pence was speaking at the 10th annual Family Leadership Summit, hosted by the Family Leader – a social conservative organization of evangelicals.
“The time has come for every American dedicated to faith and freedom to stand up and fight back against the agenda of the radical left,” he said at the convention center in downtown Des Moines.
According to Fox News, Pence also accused Biden of being “intent on transforming America into a European style secular welfare state”.
He slammed the Biden administration for what he claimed was its “wholehearted embrace of the radical left’s all-encompassing assault on American culture”.
Although the Democrats won control of the White House, the Senate and retained their majority in the House, Pence said he was optimistic.
“We’re going to do it all again in the next three and a half years,” he said.
Pence told the crowd: “To turn this country around, we need to turn the American people back to God, back to one nation under God.
“We need to defend believers all across the county. We need to reject every effort to marginalize Christians and conservatives.
“We must never allow our schools or government agencies or corporations to persecute the American people because of their deeply held religious beliefs.”
The time has come for every American dedicated to faith and freedom to stand up and fight back against the agenda of the radical left
Family Leader CEO and president Bob Vander Plaats told Fox News: “Our base knows him (Pence) very well.
“They were huge supporters of him when President Trump chose him to be vice president. I think it’s one of the things that made our base comfortable with a President Trump.”
It comes after Pence took a bold swipe at Trump by defending his decision to certify Biden’s presidential electoral votes back on January 6 while the nation’s capital was overrun by a siege of pro-Trump rioters.
“I will always be proud that we did our part on that tragic day to reconvene the Congress and fulfilled our duty under the Constitution and the laws of the United States,” Pence said during a speech delivered last month at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
“The truth is, there is almost no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president,” he said, according to the New York Times.
“In the years ahead, the American people must know that our Republican Party will always keep our oath to the Constitution, even when it would be politically expedient to do otherwise,” he added.
Trump, who hasn’t declared yet if he will run for a second term in 2024, hasn’t hid his disappointment with Pence since leaving office.
During a recent Republican National Committee mixer at Mar-a-Lago, Trump chastised Pence for executing his duty to certify the Electoral College in Biden’s favor, according to people who were privy to the evening’s comments, the Times reported.