Vice President Mike Pence called out Joe Biden during the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, contrasting the bumbling former vice president with President Donald Trump.
“The heroes who held this fort took their stand for life, liberty, freedom, and the American flag,” Pence said from Fort McHenry. “Those ideals have defined our nation, but they were hardly ever mentioned at last week’s Democratic National Convention.”
“Instead, Democrats spent four days attacking America. Joe Biden said that we were living through a ‘season of darkness.’ But as President Trump said, ‘Where Joe Biden sees American darkness, we see American greatness,’” Pence added.
Pence then contrasted his party with the Democrats on the economy.
“As we work to bring this economy back, we all have a role to play, and we all have a choice to make. On November 3rd, you need to ask yourself: ‘Who do you trust to rebuild this economy?’ A career politician who presided over the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression? Or a proven leader who created the greatest economy in the world?”
Pence criticized Biden for ignoring the violent riots that have plagued the streets of cities controlled by Democrats.
“President Trump and I will always support the right of Americans to peaceful protest, but rioting and looting is not peaceful protest, tearing down statues is not free speech,” Pence said. “And those who do so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,”
“Last week, Joe Biden didn’t say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across this country,” he continued. “So let me be clear: the violence must stop—whether in Minneapolis, Portland, or Kenosha.”
Pence then turned his attention to Biden’s handling of the riots that have rocked the nation the last few months.
“Joe Biden says that America is systemically racist, and that law enforcement in America has, and I quote, an ‘implicit bias’ against minorities,” Pence continued. “When asked whether he’d support cutting funding to law enforcement, Joe Biden replied, ‘Yes, absolutely.’ Joe Biden would double down on the very policies that are leading to violence in America’s cities.”
“The hard truth is, you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America,” Pence said. “Under President Trump, we will always stand with those who stand on the Thin Blue Line, and we’re not going to defund the police—not now, not ever.”
This is an important point now more than ever, as the city of Kenosha Washington has descended into a chaos of violent riots in the days since the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake.
Pence also wondered what Biden’s self-proclaimed “transition” claimed to be “transitioning” to, given the Dems lack of an agenda.
“Joe Biden has referred to himself as a ‘transition candidate.’ And many were asking: transition to what?” he said. “Last week, Democrats didn’t talk very much about their agenda, and if I were them, I wouldn’t either.”
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