Mike Pence’s ceaseless and cultish devotion to the previous president wasn’t even enough to prevent far-right insurgents from wanting to hang him during the January 6th attack on the Capitol. The insurrectionists wanted him to single-handedly overturn the election results, something that was not remotely in his power to do. That doesn’t mean we should feel any sympathy for Pence; he’s still a washed-up toady of the far right, and he maintains his reprehensible and backward views on nearly all issues.
This week, as the U.S. House of Representatives considers HR 1 (For the People Act) and HR 4 (John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act), Pence decided it was time to break his silence on the now-infamous day in January. However, Pence gave little mention in his op-ed to what happened that day, and he ignored the matter that, apparently, the then-president and others preferred him dead if he didn’t carry out their unlawful demand. Pence chose instead to focus his ire on voting rights, something he’s no champion of.
Pence is typically Republican in that he wants it to be difficult for non-Republicans, particularly voters of color, to cast a ballot. The former vice president wrote that “leftists not only want you powerless at the ballot box, they want to silence and censor anyone who would dare to criticize their unconstitutional power grab.” He actually calls equal voting rights an “unconstitutional power grab.”
Any measures, like HR 1 and HR 4, are wrongly considered by Republicans to be an abuse of power. The GOP loves to talk about election integrity, ignoring that part of this integrity means equal suffrage without voter suppression or hindrance at the ballot box. The QAnon party knows that we are the majority and that when we on the left vote, we win.