Pence paints grim picture of ‘Biden’s America’


Vice President Mike Pence painted a grim picture of public safety in “Joe Biden’s America” during a Thursday campaign stop.

The Center Square’s Christen Smith covered the rally. The non-profit news organization shares her story.

Pence was in Greensburg, near Pittsburgh, for a Cops for Trump rally, touting President Donald Trump’s commitment to law enforcement.

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“When Democrats call for defunding police, remember what’s at stake,” he said. ”… law and order, safety and the peace of mind that you and your family and your children have every right to enjoy as citizens of the greatest nation on Earth.”

In a 30-minute speech, Pence railed against Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. He called out “the radical left” over their progressive agenda to reduce law enforcement funding.

Trump has supported the men and women of law enforcement from the day he took office, he claimed.

“Joe Biden and the radical left say we have to choose between supporting the police and supporting all the families in the community,” he said. “But the American people know we don’t have to choose between supporting law enforcement or supporting our African American neighbors. We can do both. We have done both. And we will keep doing both for four more years.”

Pence’s visit comes as a fresh batch of statewide polls show Biden with as much as a nine-point lead over Trump. The president’s campaign has turned toward a message of “law and order” as civil unrest continues across the nation.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Biden’s campaign shrugged off Pence’s visit as an irresponsible photo-op. It ignored the stress, grief and anxiety faced by residents as the COVID-19 pandemic resurges across the state, the campaign said.

Christen Smith

Christen Smith follows Pennsylvania’s General Assembly for The Center Square. She is an award-winning reporter with more than a decade of experience covering state and national policy issues for niche publications and local newsrooms alike.

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