MANCHESTER, NH – Former Republican Vice President Mike Pence said that police ”save” black lives rather than ”endanger” them as crime nationwide increases and police departments are “defunded” following racial unrest resulting from the George Floyd murder last year.
Pence also called systemic racism as a “left-wing myth” during a speech hosted by a Republican group in New Hampshire on Thursday. In the fiery speech, he said:
“It is past time for America to discard the left-wing myth of systemic racism. America is not a racist country.”
Pence grew more and more aggressive as the speech went on, uncharacteristic for his normally calm demeanor. He continued:
“Democrat efforts to defund the police, withdraw support for law enforcement, has set off a violent crime wave that’s wreaking havoc in families all across the nation. Black lives are not endangered by police, black lives are saved by police every day.
Pence: ‘Black Lives Are Not in Danger by Police. Black Lives Are Saved by Police Every Day’ https://t.co/4bMJcpCO0v
— Bobby Lott (@BobbyLottJr) June 5, 2021
The comment drew huge applause from the crowd, and the former Vice President had to pause for a moment to allow it to quiet down.
Once the crowd calmed, Pence became more animated, and his voice grew louder as he said:
“We don’t need to defund the police, we need to defend the police and reject the anti-law enforcement agenda of Joe Biden and the Democrats in Washington and put the lives of law-abiding citizens of every race, and creed, and color first.”
Again, the crowd exploded into applause.
Pence did not shy away from the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, which trapped him inside with lawmakers before narrowly escaping the invaders. He said he has spoken to former President Donald Trump many times since leaving office, and they do not agree on what occurred on that day:
“(The attack was) a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol. President Trump and I’ve spoken many times since we left office. I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye-to-eye on that day.
“But I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over that last four years.”
Former Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday night that "black lives are not endangered by police, black lives are saved by police every day." pic.twitter.com/N8slWlyvqj
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) June 4, 2021
The speech, given at the annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner hosted by the Hillsborough County Republicans in Manchester, New Hampshire sounded more like a campaign speech as Pence is expected to be a candidate in the 2024 presidential election.
The former White House partner of Donald Trump has to thread a needle between distancing himself from the attack on the Capitol, largely viewed as supported by the former president, and keeping himself inside the pro-Trump camp.
The speech signals a move into the fray for Pence as Republicans began a campaign against the left-wing rhetoric calling for defunding of police amid massive violent crime spikes and calls for racial justice depicting all white people as racists.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), long the loudest voice of opposition to the Democrats, criticized Democrats on Tuesday saying their calls to defund the police are “one of the dumbest ideas.”:
‘It’s been a tougher for law enforcement. I think the abuse that’s been heaped on law enforcement over the last year is unfortunate. (I think) defunding the police has got to be one of the dumbest ideas ever surfaced by anyone in our country. And we need what you’re doing.”
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‘Stars and Strips Act’: New bill would ban Black Lives Matter and other ‘political flags’ from flying at US embassies
May 31, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) has introduced new legislation that would prohibit “political flags,” including those for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, from flying at United States embassies.
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis introduced The Stars and Stripes Act of 2021 that would ban Black Lives Matter — and other “political” — flags from flying atop United States embassies.https://t.co/m67jTv13da
— Patricia Dickson (@Patrici15767099) May 31, 2021
The New York Republican sponsored the Stars and Stripes Act of 2021, which would ensure that only American flags, host nation flags, U.S. state flags, federal entity flags, armed forces flags, and POW/MIA flags are flown on United States of America embassy grounds.
The bill also criticizes the Black Lives Matter movement for its platform of “convicting and banning former President Trump from holding future political office” and “defunding the police.”
The bill was introduced in response to a decision by Secretary of State Antony Blinken to allow the State Department to fly the Black Lives Matter flag at their embassies around the world to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd.
Opinion: An Embassy represents a nation, not any of the groups that live within it. Otherwise bandanas could fly over the white house as a symbol of cowboys. "Called the Stars and Stripes Act of 2021 (pdf), the bill was introduced by Rep. Nicole
— Lou Ella Howard (@ellahoward271) May 31, 2021
The BLM flag flown at the Athens embassy was reportedly so enormous it covered the United States seal.
“It is inappropriate for President Biden and Secretary Blinken to authorize and encourage the display of inherently political flags that are in no way affiliated with the U.S. Government over American embassies overseas.
“The American flag is a beacon of freedom and hope for oppressed peoples around the world; it should be the primary flag flown above our embassies and that is what my legislation seeks to accomplish. The Administration’s directive is an insult to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our flag and our nation — especially as we head into Memorial Day weekend — and it is absolutely ridiculous that legislation is needed to correct this issue.”
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (New York’s 11th congressional district) introduced The Stars and Stripes Act of 2021. https://t.co/MroadMq3hu
— Gulag Member #77134920 (@Deciphertext) May 31, 2021
Co-sponsors of the bill include House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Congressmen Ken Buck (R-CO), Michael Guest (R-MS), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Brian Mast (R-FL), and Pete Sessions (R-TX).
Stefanik said embassies should not be flying the flag of a Marxist organization:
“Our beautiful American flag should fly over our U.S. embassies around the world – not the flag of a political organization founded by Marxists.
“I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation introduced by my colleague and friend Congresswoman Malliotakis.”
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