Former Vice President Mike Pence, who initially had somewhat of a falling out with former President Trump earlier this year, will make an appearance in his new line of work of doing speaking engagements for various groups.
According to the Washington Examiner, Pence will take the stage next month as the keynote speaker at an event held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, hosted by the Palmetto Family Council in Columbia, South Carolina. The fundraiser is expected to draw roughly 600 ticketed guests.
The president of the Palmetto group, Dave Wilson, revealed that the group is honored to have Pence, a devout Christian, speak at the annual fundraiser.
“One of the important things for us is a recognition of what he brings to the conversation when it comes to speaking about things from a biblical worldview perspective. His experience in the White House, the way that he interacted with public policy and the things that went on were extremely important when we look at his influence into policies that were going on, and we want him to be able to share that,” Wilson said.
Other high-profile guests will include South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and depending on obligations on Capitol Hill, a number of lawmakers and senators might also show up in support of the fundraiser.
“We believe in the marketplace of ideas, and we want to have as much opportunity for folks to be able to come and to speak to folks on the issues that are important to them so that the people of South Carolina can hear from national leaders,” Wilson added.
“It’s important for voters across South Carolina to hear from various elected officials,” he added while describing the event as “an opportunity for conservatives across South Carolina to be able to hear from conservative leaders on conservative issues.”
Pence has stayed mostly in the shadows since Biden’s inauguration day, most notably skipping out on an invitation to attend and/or speak at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), much to the dismay of CPAC organizers, who said Pence would have been warmly welcomed but called his snub of the event a “mistake.”
The former vice president, according to many, was unfairly vilified by members of the QAnon conspiracy cult on Jan. 6, when Congress gathered to certify the Electoral College votes for the 2020 election. On social media, QAnon conspiracy theorists slammed Pence for not intervening and invalidating the Electoral College votes.
At the resulting riots that took place that day, a makeshift gallow was erected in front of the Capitol, with crazed Trump supporters shouting chants about hanging Pence.
Since then, reports have emerged that Pence and Trump are not enemies, by any stretch, and have held several cordial phone calls about Republican politics and the future of the party.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org