Mike Pence says 'you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America'

‘You won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America!’ Mike Pence accuses Democratic candidate of failing to stand by ‘the thin blue line’ and planning to deliver socialism as he delivers RNC speech at Fort McHenry and says Donald Trump will bring ‘law and order’

  • Pence spoke from Ft. McHenry in Baltimore for his convention speech Wednesday 
  • As usual he praised President Donald Trump
  • Blasted Joe Biden for saying no ‘miracle’ is coming on the coronavirus 
  • ‘We’re finding our way forward again’ 
  • Said Biden would be ‘nothing more than a Trojan Horse for the radical left’
  • President Trump joined Pence on stage after his speech 
  • Trump and Melania then posed for long distance selfies with speech attendees 

Vice President Mike Pence issued a stark warning about Joe Biden in his Republican convention speech Wednesday, saying the country ‘won’t be safe’ in Biden’s America. 

It was one of many rhetorical bombs Pence lobbed as Donald Trump’s Democratic opponent at an outdoor speech at Ft. McHenry in Baltimore, where crowd members seated in spaced folding chairs called out for ‘four more years!’   

Pence hailed Trump in a prime time speech as someone who ‘does things his own way’ as he accepted the Republican nomination for vice president where he wove together stories of patriotism with scathing attacks on Biden and Democrats.

Pence alternately praised Trump for his leadership during the coronavirus pandemic, and blasted the Democratic nominee for stressing a season of ‘darkness’ at his party’s convention last week. 

‘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 warned, after calling for ‘law and order’ on the streets.

‘And 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.’

Convention organizers constructed a colorful patriotic backdrop at the historic fort, amid unfolding events in Kenosha, Wisconsin that intruded, following a white police officer’s shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man. Hours before Pence spoke, police arrested Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, and charged him with first degree intentional homicide in connection with a shooting that happened amid protests over the Blake incident, leaving two dead and one injured

Rittenhouse was a white Trump supporter who crossed from Illinois to Wisconsin with his long gun and seemed to co-ordinate with militias before the deadly shootings.  He had been pictured in February at a Trump rally in Iowa.

But Pence made no reference to that, nor to the extraordinary boycott of the NBA playoffs in protest at the shooting of Blake. It was started by the Milwaukee Bucks, then spread on Wednesday night with LeBron James tweeting ‘f*** this,’ reportedly calling for a full-scale boycott and Barack Obama congratulating the teams on speaking out.  MLB, NLS and WNBA teams also called off games in solidarity.

On the podium: Mike Pence spoke in the center of Fort McHenry for more than half an hour to make the case for four more years of the Trump presidency

‘You won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America’ said Vice President Mike Pence

Historic site: Mike Pence spoke at Fort McHenry, where Old Glory flies like it did in 1814 – a point he made in his speech

Big night: Mike Pence arrived hand in hand with his wife Karen for his speech – in which he said she would go back to teaching in a classroom next week

Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father of three, is currently paralyzed from the waist down 

The Milwaukee Bucks are boycotting Wednesday’s playoff game against the Orlando Magic in response to the police shooting of 29-year-old African-American man Jacob Blake by Kenosha, Wisconsin police on Sunday. In this picture, referees huddle on an empty court prior to tip-off

 The sporting world has been thrown into chaos as professional athletes from the several sports codes boycott matches over the shooting of African-American man Jacob Blake. LeBron James reportedly walked out of an NBA meeting on Wednesday evening, and his LA Lakers have allegedly voted to boycott the remainder of the basketball season

Former President Barack Obama has voiced his support for the sports boycott, seeing it as a  sign of peaceful protest

Protesters gathered near the courthouse in Kenosha for the fourth night in a row, defying a 7pm curfew to denounce the police shooting of black man Jacob Blake. Peaceful marchers pictured on Wednesday evening walking in Kenosha

A protester holds up her hands during a demonstration against the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha on Wednesday evening, marking a fourth evening of walk outs demanding justice


Donald Trump denounced the violent protests unfolding in Kenosha in the wake of the police shooting of Blake on Wednesday

Pence, who heads the president’s coronavirus task force amid the pandemic that has seen more than 5 million Americans die of COVID-19, acknowledged those killed or harmed by the virus in his speech.

‘We’re finding our way forward again,’ Pence said. ‘In this country we mourn with those who mourn and we grieve with those who grieve,’ he continued, eschewing the president’s favored term: ‘China virus.’ 

Pence called it a ‘time of testing’ for the nation. 

‘In the midst of this global pandemic, just as our nation had begun to recover, we’ve seen violence and chaos in the streets of our major cities,’ he said. 

 ‘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,’ he said.

 ‘But rioting and looting is not peaceful protest,’ Pence said. 

He claimed Biden would send the nation on a ‘path of socialism and decline.’ 

Pence spoke to Trump’s strength and character, while acknowledging Trump’s unpredictability, after Democratic speakers called him unfit for office. 

‘He does things in his own way, on his own terms. Not much gets passed him,’ Pence said. ‘And when he has an opinion, he’s liable to share it. He’s certainly kept things interesting. But more importantly President Donald Trump has kept his word to the American people. 

Vice President Mike Pence is joined onstage by U.S. President Donald Trump after delivering his acceptance speech as the 2020 Republican vice presidential nominee during an event of the 2020 Republican National Convention held at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland

(L-R) Audrey Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, US Vice President Mike Pence and Charlotte Pence Bond stand on stage at the end of the third night of the Republican National Convention at Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore, Maryland, August 26, 2020. The family was featured in a sleek video that played before his speech

The Trumps and Pences listened to Clay Adkins’ rendition of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’

I’ll BRB: White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows sits with Vice President Mike Pence’s Press Secretary Katie Miller behind Trump/Pence supporters listening to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as he delivers his acceptance speech as the 2020 Republican vice presidential nominee during an event of the 2020 Republican National Convention held at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., August 26, 2020

Pumped up: Donald Trump gestures to the crowd and Melania waves as they celebrate the end of Mike Pence’s speech

Mother: Mike Pence singled out his mom Nancy Pence for thanks, saying she is ’87 years young’ and that he might only be her second favorite candidate on the Trump-Pence ticket

Salute: Donald Trump saluted in the direction of wounded veterans who were in the front row for Mike Pence’s speech

He blasted Biden for the tone of the Democratic convention, which he characterized as bleak. 

‘Joe Biden said that we were living though a season of darkness,’ Pence said.

‘But as President Trump, said where Joe Biden sees American darkness we see American greatness.’

The former two-term Indiana governor and six-term congressman also called Biden, who spent four decades in the Senate, a ‘career politician.’ 

In outdoor remarks in Baltimore – a city Trump called ‘a disgusting rat and rodent infested mess’ during a spat with the late Rep. Elijah Cummings last year – Pence spoke to a crowd that included Meal of Honor winners, Purple Heart recipients, and a Gold Star mother, as well as the family of a fallen police officer.

‘In these challenging times our country needs a president who believes in America,’ Pence said. ‘America needs four more years of president Donald Trump in the White House.’

Pence told the crowd as he accepted his nomination: ‘I humbly accept your nomination to run and serve as vice president of the United States.’

Backed by flags at the fort where Francis Scott Key penned the poem that became the National Anthem, Pence repeatedly talked up patriotism and national heritage, hours after shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. 

‘Let me be clear: the violence must stop – whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha,’ Pence said. ‘Too many heroes have died defending our freedom to see Americans strike each other down. We will have law and order on the streets of this country for every American of every race and creed and color.

During his law and order speech, Pence mentioned Department of Homeland Security agent Dave Patrick Underwood, who was killed amid protests in California.

‘He was shot and killed during the riots in Oakland, California,’ said Pence. ‘Dave’s heroism is emblematic of the heroes that serve in blue every day.’ 

What he did not mention was that Underwood was not killed by protesters. Authorities have charged a suspect affiliated with the boogaloo boys, the Washington Post reported, a fringe group whose adherents say they want to start a race war.

Speaking at a virtual convention that flashed repeated night-time images of monuments and statues in Washington D.C., Pence said those who topple them would be prosecuted to the ‘fullest extent.’ 

The 17-year-old gunman charged with the fatal shooting of two BLM protesters in Kenosha attended a Trump rally earlier this year. 

Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with first degree intentional homicide on Wednesday after viral video footage showed the teen shooting three people during the third night of Jacob Blake protests in Wisconsin. 

Two people were shot dead just before midnight on Tuesday – one in the head and one in the chest. One of the slain men has since been identified as Anthony Huber. A third man, a 36-year-old from West Allis, Wisconsin, was shot in the arm but his wounds were not believed to life-threatening. 

According to video footage and witness accounts, the gunman first shot someone at a parking lot, then jogged away, stumbled and fell in the street, and opened fire again as members of the crowd closed in him.

Rittenhouse was arrested on Wednesday afternoon in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois – 15 miles from Kenosha. Court records say the teenager ‘fled the state of Wisconsin with the intent to avoid prosecution for that offense’. 

In the wake of his arrest, photos and videos have emerged revealing the teenager had a strong admiration for law enforcement, with much of his social media containing references to Blue Lives Matter – the movement that supports police – and at a MAGA rally at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, in February.

Police-obsessed gunman, Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, charged with murder of two BLM protesters during Kenosha riots sat front row at a Trump MAGA rally at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in January this year

Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, has been charged with first degree intentional homicide following the shooting death of two protesters in Kenosha on Tuesday. Social media photos show the teen had a strong admiration for law enforcement and guns 

‘If you want a president who falls silent when our heritage is demeaned or insulted, he’s not your man,’ he said. 

But he did stop short of mentioning Confederate monuments, which the president has repeatedly said have to be preserved. 

He also blasted Biden for saying at the Democratic convention that no miracle is coming – part of the Democratic convention’s repeated attacks on Trump’s handling of the coronavirus.  

‘Last week Joe Biden said that no miracle is coming. Well what Joe doesn’t seem to understand is that America is a nation of miracles,’ said Pence, who Trump picked in part due to his support among evangelical voters.

‘And I’m proud to report that we are on track to have the world’s first safe, effective coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year,’ he said.

He also painted a rosy economic picture, saying that the country had ‘gained back 9.3 million jobs,’ omitting the actual unemployment figure of more than 11 million, and the uptick in new jobless claims last week.

Pence also backed reopening schools saying his wife would be returning to the classroom.

In contrast Barron Trump’s school is not reopening. 

‘Because of the strong foundation that President Trump poured in our first three years, we’ve already gained back 9.3 million jobs over the last three months,’ he said.

‘And we’re not just opening up America again—we’re re-opening America’s schools. I’m proud to report that my wife Karen, a lifelong school teacher, will be returning to her classroom next week.’

Pence presented the election as an all-or-nothing choice about the American future.   

‘Last week, Joe Biden said democracy is on the ballot but the truth is, our economic recovery is on the ballot, law and order is on the ballot. But so are things far more fundamental and foundational to our country,’ Pence claimed.

‘It’s not so much whether America will be more conservative or more liberal, more Republican or more Democrat. The choice in this election is whether America remains America.

‘It’s whether we will leave to our children and our grandchildren a country grounded in our highest ideals of freedom, free markets, and the unalienable right to life and liberty — or whether we will leave to our children and grandchildren a country that is fundamentally transformed into something else.’

He described the Trump vision as ‘freedom and opportunity’ in an attempt to offer a positive vision after a dark version of ‘Biden’s America,’ a section of his speech which did not acknowledge that the violence he described happened during his and Trump’s administration. 

When he concluded his remarks, Pence said: ‘And with President Donald Trump in the White House for four more years and with God’s help, we will make America great again again.’

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump flew to the event to join Pence on stage and chat with supporters, keeping a few feet away and avoiding the handshakes and hugs of conventions past due to the coronavirus ravaging the nation.

Then country singer Trace Adkins sang ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ whose lyrics recount the British bombardment and waving flag at the fort during the War of 1812.

But at that point social distancing was abandoned, with the crowd rushing to get close to the Trumps and the Pences as they left the stage and came down to the front of the audience.

Among those at the front were wounded veterans, some of whom Pence fist-bumped and chatted with.

The president and first lady posed for selfies – a rare spontaneous engagement for Mrs. Trump, and the second day in a row she has been with her husband.

READ MIKE PENCE’S FULL SPEECH TO THE RNC FROM FORT MCHENRY

Good evening, America.

It is an honor to speak to you tonight from the hallowed grounds of Fort McHenry. The site of the very battle that inspired the words of our national anthem.

Those words have inspired this Land of Heroes ever since.

It was on this site 206 years ago when our young Republic heroically withstood a ferocious naval bombardment from the most powerful empire on earth.

They came to crush our revolution, to divide our nation, and to end the American experiment.

The heroes who held this fort took their stand for Life, liberty, freedom and the American flag. Those ideals have defined our nation.

Yet they were hardly ever mentioned during last week’s Democratic Convention.

Instead, Democrats spent four days attacking America. Joe Biden said we were living through a ‘season of American darkness.’

But as President Trump said, ‘where Joe Biden sees American darkness, we see American greatness.’

In these challenging times… our country needs a president who believes in America. Who believes in the boundless capacity of the American people to meet any challenge, defeat any foe, and defend the freedoms we all hold dear…America needs four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House!

Before I begin, allow me to say a word to the families and communities in the path of hurricane Laura.

Our administration is working closely with authorities in the states that will be impacted and FEMA has mobilized resources and supplies for those in harm’s way. This is a serious storm. We urge all those in the affected areas to heed state and local authorities.

Stay safe, and know that we’ll be with you every step of the way to support, rescue, response, and recovery in the days and weeks ahead.

Four years ago, I answered the call to join this ticket because I knew that Donald Trump had leadership and the vision to make America great again.

For the last four years, I have watched this President endure unrelenting attacks and get up every day and fight to keep the promises he made to the American people.

So, with gratitude for the confidence President Donald Trump has placed in me, the support of our Republican party, and the grace of God, I humbly accept your nomination to run and serve as Vice President of the United States.

Serving the American people in this office has been a journey I never expected. A journey that would not be possible without the support of my family, beginning with my wonderful wife Karen, a lifelong school teacher, an incredible mother to our three children and an outstanding Second lady of the United States. And WE couldn’t be more proud of our three children: Marine Corp Captain Michael J. Pence, his wife Sarah, our daughter Charlotte Pence Bond, author and wife to Lieutenant Henry Bond, who is currently deployed and serving our nation in the United States Navy and our recent law school graduate daughter Audrey and her fiancée, who like so many other Americans, had to delay their wedding this summer, but we can’t wait for Dan to be a part of our family. In addition to my wife and kids, the person who shaped my life the most is also with us tonight, my mom Nancy. She’s the daughter of an Irish immigrant, 87 years young, mom follows politics closely. And truth be told, sometimes I think I’m actually her second-favorite candidate on the Trump-Pence ticket. To mom and to my father looking down, thank you, I love you.

Over the past four years, I’ve worked closely with our President. I’ve seen him when the cameras are off. Americans see President Trump in lots of different ways but there’s no doubt how President Trump sees America. He sees America for what it is… a nation that has done more good in this world than any other . . . a nation that deserves far more gratitude than grievance . . . and if you want a president who falls silent when our heritage is demeaned or insulted, then he’s not your man.

We came by very different routes to this partnership and some people think we’re a little bit different. But I’ve learned a few things watching him deal with all we’ve been through these past four years. He does things his own way, on his own terms. Not much gets past him and when he has an opinion, he’s liable to share it. He’s certainly kept things interesting, but more importantly, he’s kept his word.

In a city known for talkers…President Donald Trump is a doer. Few presidents have brought more independence, energy, and determination to that office.

Four years ago we inherited a military hollowed out by devastating budget cuts, an economy struggling to break out of the slowest recovery since the great depression… ISIS controlled a land mass twice the size of Pennsylvania and we witnessed a steady assault on our most cherished values like freedom of religion, and the right to life.

That’s when President Trump stepped in.

From Day one, he kept his word. He rebuilt our military, created the Space Force, the first new branch of our armed forces in 70 years… and we returned American astronauts to space on an American rocket for the first time in nearly a decade.

And after years of scandal that robbed our veterans of the care they earned, President Trump kept his word. We reformed the VA … and veterans choice is now available to every veteran.

Our armed forces and our veterans fill this land of heroes and this historic fort. Tonight we have among us.. four recipients of the Medal of Honor… 6 recipients of the Purple Heart and a Gold Star mother, of a gallant Navy SEAL … wounded warriors from Soldier Strong, a group that serves injured veterans … We’re honored by your presence. Thank you for your service.

With heroes just like these we defend this nation every day and we’ve taken the fight to radical Islamic terrorists on our terms on their soil.

Last year, American armed forces took the last inch of ISIS territory, crushed their caliphate and took down their leader without one American casualty. Earlier this year, I was there when President Trump gave the order to take out the world’s most dangerous terrorist.

Iran’s top general will never harm another American again because Qassem Soleimani is gone.

My fellow Americans you deserve to know, Joe Biden criticized President Trump following his decision to rid the world of both of those terrorists. But it’s not surprising because history records that Joe Biden even opposed the operation that took down Osama Bin Laden.

It’s no wonder Bob Gates, Secretary of defense under the Obama Biden Administration said Joe Biden had ‘been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.’

So, we’ve stood up to our enemies and we’ve stood with our allies.

Like when President Trump kept his word and moved the American embassy to Jerusalem, the capital of the state of Israel, setting the stage for the first Arab country to recognize Israel in 26 years.

And closer to home, appointed more than 200 conservative judges to our federal courts, supported the right to life and all our God given liberties including the second amendment right to keep and bear arms.

But when it came to the economy, President Trump kept his word and then some…to pass the largest tax cut and reform in American history, rolled back more federal red tape than any admin, unleashed American energy and fought for free and fair trade.

in our first three years, Businesses large and small created more than 7 million jobs, including 500,000 manufacturing jobs. America became a net exporter of energy for first time in 70 years.

Under President Trump, unemployment rates for African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, hit their lowest levels ever!

On this 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, I’m proud to report that under President Donald Trump we achieved the lowest unemployment rate for women in 65 years and more Americans were working than ever before.

In our first three years, we built the greatest economy in the world. We made America great again.

And then the coronavirus struck from China.

Before the first case of coronavirus spread within the United States, President Trump took the unprecedented step of suspending all travel from China.

That action saved an untold number of American lives. And bought us time to launch the greatest national mobilization since World War II. President Trump marshalled the full resources of the federal government and directed us to forge seamless partnerships with governors across America in both parties. We partnered with private industry to reinvent testing and produce supplies and we’re now conducting 800,000 tests per day… have coordinated the delivery of billions of pieces of Personal Protective Equipment… And we saw to the manufacture of 100,000 ventilators in 100 days. And no who required a ventilator was ever denied a ventilator in the United States. We built hospitals, we surged military medical personnel and enacted an economic rescue package that saved 50 million American jobs.

As we speak we’re developing a growing number of treatments, including convalescent plasma that are saving lives all across the country. Last week, Joe Biden said ‘no miracle is coming.’ What Joe doesn’t seem to understand is that America is a nation of miracles and we’re on track to have the world’s first safe, effective coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year.

After all the sacrifice in this… year like no other – all the hardship– we are finding our way forward again.

But tonight, our hearts are with all the families who have lost loved ones. We mourn with those who mourn, and we grieve with those who grieve. And this night I know millions of Americans will pause and pray for God’s comfort to each of you

A country doesn’t get through such a time unless its people find the strength within. The response by doctors, nurses, first responders, farmers, factory workers, truckers, and everyday Americans who are putting the health and safety of their neighbors first has been nothing short of heroic.

Veronica Say-ez put on her scrubs and went into work day in and day out in one of New York’s busiest hospitals. She stayed on the job until it was done. Her brother William is a New York City firefighter. and they’re emblematic of heroes all across this country. You’ve earned the admiration of your fellow Americans, and the thanks of a grateful nation.

Thanks to the courage and compassion of the American people, we are slowing the spread, we are protecting the vulnerable, we are saving lives, and we are opening up American again.

Because of the strong foundation that President Trump poured in our first three years, we’ve already gained back 9.3 million jobs over the last three months. And we’re not just opening up America again—we’re re-opening America’s schools. I’m proud to report that my wife Karen, a lifelong school teacher, will be returning to her classroom next week.

To all the heroic teachers, faculty, and staff…You have our thanks.

In the days ahead, as we open up America again and open up America’s schools, I promise you we’ll continue to put the health of America first.

And 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.

The choice is clear to bring America all the way back, we need four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House.

My fellow Americans, we are passing through a time of testing. For in the midst of this global pandemic, just as our nation has begun to recover, we’ve seen violence and chaos in the streets of our major cities.

President Donald 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. 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.

 

Let me be clear: the violence must stop – whether in Minneapolis, Portland, or Kenosha.

Too many heroes have died defending our freedoms to see Americans strike each other down.

We will have law and order on the streets of America.

President Trump and I know the men and women that put on the uniform of law enforcement are the best of us. They put their lives on the line every day.

People like Dave Patrick Underwood was an officer of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service, who was shot and killed during the riots in Oakland, California. We are joined tonight by his sister Angela. Angela, we grieve for your family and are grateful for his service. And America will never forget Dave Patrick Underwood and his service and sacrifice to this nation.

The American people know we don’t have to choose between supporting law enforcement, and standing with African American neighbors to improve the quality of life in our cities and towns.

From the first days of this administration, we have done both.

And we will keep doing both for four more years in the White House.

Joe Biden says America is systemically racist. And that law enforcement in America has a, quote, ‘implicit bias’ against minorities.

And when asked whether he’d support cutting funding to law enforcement, and he replied, ‘Yes, absolutely.’

Joe Biden would double down on the very policies that are leading to unsafe streets and violence in America’s cities.

The hard truth is… you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America. Under President Trump, we will stand with those who stand on the Thin Blue Line, and we’re not going to defund the police – not now, not ever.

My fellow Americans, we are passing through a time of testing. Soon, we will come to a time for choosing.

Joe Biden has referred to himself as a ‘transition candidate.’ But many are asking: A transition to what? Last week, Democrats didn’t talk much about their agenda, and if I were them, I wouldn’t want to either.

Bernie Sanders, did tell his followers that Joe Biden could be the most liberal President of modern times, and confirmed that, quote, ‘Many of the ideas we fought for, that just a few years ago were considered radical, are now mainstream’ in the Democratic Party.

At the root of their agenda, is the belief that America is driven by envy, not aspiration — that millions of Americans harbor ill-will toward their neighbors, instead of loving our neighbors as themselves. The radical left believes the federal government must be involved in every aspect of our lives to correct those American wrongs. They believe the federal government needs to dictate how Americans live, how we should work, how we should raise our children — and, in the process, deprive our people of freedom, prosperity, and security. Their agenda is based on government control; our agenda is based on freedom.

Where President Trump cut taxes—Joe Biden wants to raise taxes by nearly $4 trillion.

Where this President achieved energy independence for the United States. Joe Biden would abolish fossil fuels, end fracking, and impose a regime of climate change regulations that would drastically increase the cost of living for working families.

Where we fought for free and fair trade this President stood up to China and ended the era of economic surrender.

Joe Biden has been a cheerleader for communist China – wants to repeal all the tariffs that are leveling the playing field for American workers and actually criticized President Trump for suspending all travel from China at the outset of this pandemic.

Joe Biden is for open borders; sanctuary cities; and free lawyers and healthcare for illegal immigrants. President Trump has secured our southern border and built nearly 300 miles of the wall.

Joe Biden wants to end school choice. President Trump believes every parent should have the right to choose where their children go to school regardless of their income or area code.

Joe Biden supports taxpayer funding of abortion right up to the moment of birth. President Donald Trump has been the most pro-life President in American history.

When you consider their agenda it’s clear: Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for a radical left.

The choice in this election has never been clearer and the stakes have never been higher.

Last week, Joe Biden said democracy is on the ballot but the truth is… our economic recovery is on the ballot, law and order is on the ballot. But so are things far more fundamental and foundational to our country.

It’s not so much whether America will be more conservative or more liberal, more Republican or more Democrat. The choice in this election Is whether America remains America.

It’s whether we will leave to our children and our grandchildren a country grounded in our highest ideals of freedom, free markets, and the unalienable right to life and liberty — or whether we will leave to our children and grandchildren a country that is fundamentally transformed into something else.

We stand at a crossroads, America.

President Trump set our nation on a path to freedom and opportunity from the very first day of this administration. But Joe Biden would set America on a path of socialism and decline.

President Donald Trump believes in America and the goodness of the American people, the boundless potential of every American to live out their dreams in freedom. Every day, President Trump has been fighting to protect the promise of America. Every day, our President has been fighting to expand the reach of the American dream. And on everyday, President Donald Trump has been fighting for you. Now it’s our turn to fight for him.

On this night, in the company of heroes, I am deeply grateful for the privilege of serving as Vice President of this great nation. I pray to be worthy of it. And I will give that duty all that is in me.

In the year 2020, the American people have had more than our share of challenges, but thankfully we have a President with the toughness, energy and resolve to see us through. Those traits run in our national character… as that invading force learned on approach to this fort on September 1814. Against fierce and sustained bombardment, our young country was defended by heroes, not so different from those with us tonight. The enemy was counting on them to quit. But they never did. Fort McHenry held. And when morning came our flag was still here.

My fellow Americans, we are going through a time of testing. But if you look through the fog of these challenging times, you will see… our flag is still there.

That Star – Spangled Banner still waves ove’r the land of the free and the home of the brave. From these hallowed grounds, American patriots in generations gone by did their part to defend freedom. Now it’s our turn.

So let’s run the race marked out for us. Let’s fix our eyes on Old Glory and all she represents, fix our eyes on this land of heroes and let their courage inspire …let’s fix our eyes on the author and perfector of our faith and freedom…and never forget that ‘where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom,’ That means freedom always wins….

My fellow Americans, thank you for the honor of addressing you tonight and the opportunity to run and serve as your Vice President again. I leave here today inspired. And I leave here today more convinced than ever that we will do as Americans have done through our long and storied past, we will defend our freedom and way of life in November of 2020, we will re-elect our president and principled Republican leaders across this land…and with President Donald Trump in the White House for four more years, and Gods help…we will make America great again, again.

May God Bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.

 

Republicans accuse Joe Biden’s Democrats of wanting to bring ‘anarchy and looting’ to all of America and refusing to honor cops and troops – while claiming Donald Trump is ‘fighting for you’

Republicans forged ahead with a tough law and order message on the third day of their nominating convention Wednesday – accusing Joe Biden and Democrats of promoting looting and chaos even as the nation grappled with yet another police shooting and its violent aftermath. 

The virtual convention kicked off in Washington, D.C. with dark warnings form South Dakota’s Republican Gov. Kristi Noem, who said Democratic-run cities ‘are being overrun by violent mobs.’

‘There’s looting, chaos, destruction and murder. People who can afford to flee have fled,’ she said. 

Another early speaker, GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, celebrated police and firefighters – who she said don’t fit into the narrative of leftists.

‘Leftists try to turn them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I’m here to tell you these heroes can’t be cancelled,’ she said.

Michael McHale, who heads the National Association of Police Unions, called the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket ‘the most radical anti-police ticket in history.’

He called for ‘aggressive federal prosecution of those who attack our police officers,’ and said good police officers ‘need to know their elected leaders and the department brass have their backs.’

‘Unfortunately, chaos results when failed officials in cities like Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York, make the conscious decision not to support law enforcement,’ he said. ‘Shootings, murders, looting and rioting occur unabated.’ 

The start of the convention featured those and other attacks as the tense situation in Kenosha, Wisconsin continued to unfold, after a police officer shot Jacob Blake, a black man and father of three, in the back multiple times Sunday. The tensions spread to sports, with the Milwaukee Bucks boycotting NBA playoffs in a show of support, followed by LeBron James leading the LA Lakers to boycott the entire season.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem was the first to speak on night three of the Republican National Convention – and she claimed Joe Biden is a proponent of the ‘looting’ and ‘chaos’ that has come from the nationwide protests and riots

‘Leftists try to turn them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I’m here to tell you these heroes can’t be cancelled,’ Tennessee Senator Marsha Black burn said from the Andrew Mellon Auditorium

Michael McHale, who heads the National Association of Police Unions, called the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket ‘the most radical anti-police ticket in history’ as he spoke Tuesday

Blake, 29, was shot and paralyzed from the waist down by police who were responding to a dispute at the scene on Sunday evening, sparking national outrage and heated protests decrying police brutality. 

The incident took on a tense and familiar rout, as Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets in outrage, and armed vigilantes staked out territory. 

Hours before the start of the convention Wednesday, police announced the arrest of 17-year old Kyle Rittenhouse as the man in connection in the shooting that left two dead and one seriously wounded.

Soon, Rittenhouse was identified as identifying as occupying a front-row seat just feet form the president at a Trump rally in Iowa in January.  

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, one of the convention speakers, downplayed the sighting in comments to reporters shortly before her speech.   

‘We’re not responsible for the private conduct of people at our rallies any more than … all the crazy people who have been involved with the Obama-Biden campaigns or other things,’ she said.

In stunning response, the Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott their scheduled playoff basketball game in protest, and the NBA and Major League Baseball soon postponed games altogether. 

The attacks on Biden came even after he hours earlier issued a statement where he condemned ‘needless violence’ after the violence and fires of Tuesday night.   

‘Protesting brutality is a right and absolutely necessary, but burning down communities is not protest, it’s needless violence,’ Biden said. ‘Violence that endangers lives, violence that guts businesses and shutters businesses that serve the community, that’s wrong.’ 

He also said what he saw in the video of the shooting of Jacob Blake ‘makes me sick.’ 

‘Once again a black man, Jacob Blake, has been shot by the police in broad daylight with the whole world watching,’ Biden said. 

‘From Seattle and Portland to Washington and New York, Democrat-run cities across this country are being overrun by violent mobs,’ Noem said during her remarks. ‘The violence is rampant. There’s looting, chaos, destruction, and murder’

The opening video of the night showed Black Lives Matter protesters rioting in the streets


Images of ‘American heroes’ also flashed as the video’s narrator and actor Jon Voight said of protesters: ‘There are those who condemn our heroes, seek to erase history and deconstruct the American ideal. We made American into something it was never intended to be’

WEDNESDAY CONVENTION SPEAKERS

Vice President Mike Pence

Second lady Karen Pence 

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany 

Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee 

Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa

Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota

Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas 

Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York 

Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York

Trump campaign adviser Lara Trump

Congressional candidate Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina

Clarence Henderson, a civil rights activist from the 1960s

Burgess Owens, a former NFL player and Fox News Channel commentator who is running for a House seat in Utah  

Michael McHale, president of the National Association of Police Organizations

Former Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, Pence’s national security adviser

Scott Dane, the Executive Director of Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers of Minnesota

Tera Myers, school choice advocate

Sister Deirdre Byrne, the superior of the D.C. Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts

Lou Holtz, retired football coach

Chen Guangcheng, blind legal activist from Shandong Province, China 

Sam Vigil, the widower of Jacqueline Vigil who was shot in driveway of their New Mexico home

Civil rights activist Clarence Henderson

Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell 

At the convention, Noem, the second-term governor and GOP rising star, opened the third night of the Republican National Convention by bashing Biden for prompting a Democratic agenda she claims promotes looting and chaos.

‘It took 244 years to build this great nation – flaws and all – but we stand to lose it in a tiny fraction of that time if we continue down the path taken by the Democrats and their radical supporters,’ Governor Kristi Noem said in reference to widespread protests and riots linked to the Black Lives Matter movement.

‘From Seattle and Portland to Washington and New York, Democrat-run cities across this country are being overrun by violent mobs,’ Noem continued. ‘The violence is rampant. There’s looting, chaos, destruction, and murder. People that can afford to flee have fled. But the people that can’t – good, hard-working Americans – are left to fend for themselves.’

The opening video of the third night, voiced again by actor Jon Voight, flashed clips of Black Lives Matter protesters rioting in the streets and attempting to tear down historical statues and monuments with chains.

In the hours preceding Noem’s speech, Biden put out a video on Twitter condemning the violence that had occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

‘Protesting brutality is a right and absolutely necessary, but burning down communities is not protest, it’s needless violence,’ Biden said. ‘Violence that endangers lives, violence that guts businesses and shutters businesses that serve the community, that’s wrong,’ he added.  

Jack Brewer, a former Philadelphia Eagles player who is being investigated for insider trading, took shots at the Black Lives Matter movement and defended Trump. 

‘Are we so offended by the president’s campaign slogan … that we’re going to ignore that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have collectively been responsible for locking up countless black men for non-violent crimes?’ he asked. 

He asked how people could ignore that the Black Lives Matter ‘openly on their web site calls for the destruction of the nuclear family.’ 

 A line on the blacklivesmatter.com web site states: ‘We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.’

Noem claimed of the rioting, ‘our founding principles are under attack.’

‘This year, the choice for Americans is between a man who values these ideals and all that can be built because of them, and a man who isn’t guided by these ideals and coincidentally, has built nothing,’ she said.

‘History chooses its heroes for the time in which they live,’ Noem concluded. ‘But, there is another American hero to be recognized. That is the common American. This is who President Trump is fighting for. He’s fighting for you.’

The video kicking off the night set the tone by lauding the ‘extraordinary American spirit,’ while condemning those they claim are out to undermine that – including Black Lives Matter protesters

‘The spirit of heroism thrives in the precedence of tyranny, disaster – it is stronger than any violence,’ Voight narrated as images and clips of revolutions and disasters flashed on screen, such as the Underground Railroad, the storming of the beaches of Normandy and first responders carrying people from the World Trade Center on 9/11.

The mood shifted as images of recent protests began playing. ‘Yet, there are those who condemn our heroes, seek to erase history and deconstruct the American ideal. We made American into something it was never intended to be.’ 

Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father of three, is currently paralyzed from the waist down 

The Milwaukee Bucks are boycotting Wednesday’s playoff game against the Orlando Magic in response to the police shooting of 29-year-old African-American man Jacob Blake by Kenosha, Wisconsin police on Sunday. In this picture, referees huddle on an empty court prior to tip-off

 The sporting world has been thrown into chaos as professional athletes from the several sports codes boycott matches over the shooting of African-American man Jacob Blake. LeBron James reportedly walked out of an NBA meeting on Wednesday evening, and his LA Lakers have allegedly voted to boycott the remainder of the basketball season

Former President Barack Obama has voiced his support for the sports boycott, seeing it as a  sign of peaceful protest

Lara Trump, the wife of President Trump’s middle son Eric, was the only family member to address the GOP convention on Wednesday night

Lara Trump was the solo family member addressing the gathering on Wednesday. She’s married to Eric Trump.

The first daughter-in-law played up Trump’s propensity to hire women for leadership roles and the family’s down-to-earth style in her Wednesday night address before the Republican National Convention.

‘Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately,’ she said. ‘They were warm and caring, they were hard workers, and they were down to earth. They reminded me of my own family – they made me feel like I was home.’

Lara explained that ‘gender didn’t matter,’ which she realized when then-candidate Donald Trump asked for her help winning her home state of North Caroline, a key swing state, when he was running for president in 2016.

‘Though I had no political experience, he believed in me and supported me – he knew I was capable even if I didn’t,’ she said.

Cut-to when President Trump was elected and then took office in 2017.

‘It didn’t surprise me when President Donald Trump appointed the most women to senior level positions of any administration in history,’ Lara Trump said. ‘The Secretary of the United Nations, Secretary of the Air Force, the first female CIA Director, the first African American female director of the Fish and Wildlife service and countless ambassadors, just to name a few.’

‘He didn’t do these things to gain a vote or to check a box – he did them because they are the right things to do,’ Lara Trump added.

Expectations ran high for Kellyanne Conway’s speech Tuesday as she will step down from her post at the White House at the end of the month – but the president’s counselor made no mention during her remarks of her impending departure to spend more time with her family.

Conway, a counselor to the president who’s been at his side since he took the oath of office, announced on Sunday evening she was quitting the administration to spend time with her family, saying her children needed ‘less drama, more mama’.

Her 15-year-old daughter Claudia has been active on social media, expressing her disapproval of her mother’s work for the White House, criticizing Conway and saying she was trying to get emancipated from her parents. Conway’s husband George Conway is also stepping back from his role with a super PAC working against Trump’s re-election.

Claudia tweeted over the weekend her displeasure with her mother’s remarks at the Republican Convention.

‘i’m devasted [sic] that my mother is actually speaking at the RNC. like DEVASTATED beyond compare,’ the teenager wrote.

White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway’s remarks were highly anticipated as she prepares to depart the White House at the end of the month after serving there since Trump took the oath of office

During her speech, however, she made no mention of her departure or the drama surrounding it after her 15-year-old daughter aired their familial issues on social media – she did talk about Trump building up women 

Claudia Conway has been an outspoken critic of President Trump on social media. ‘i’m devasted [sic] that my mother is actually speaking at the RNC. like DEVASTATED beyond compare,’ she tweeted

During her remarks, Conway praised her boss as a champion of women.

‘For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men,’ she said of Trump, who has seen his approval rating fall among suburban women amid their concerns about his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and racial tensions in the country.

She discussed her own work for the president, including being the first woman to run a major party candidate’s presidential campaign.

‘President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion. With the help of millions of Americans, our team defied the critics, questionable polls and conventional wisdom — and we won,’ she said.

She did not mention she’s leaving her role as counsellor to the president at the end of the month after her daughter’s social media posts criticizing her mother’s work for the administration went viral.

Conway has been one of Trump’s most visible advisers and a frequent defender of his on the TV airwaves, the place he appreciates it the most.

Always ready to spar with the media and quick with quip, Conway survived four White House chiefs of staff and numerous Cabinet secretaries.

She also was criticized for her fast-and-lose approach with the facts, which she famously labeled ‘alternative facts.’

Conway, who also managed Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, appeared unruffled during an appearance Monday at the unveiling of an art exhibit of student work tied to the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment.

‘How am I doing? I’m good. I make my own choices,’ she told reporters.  

Vice President Mike Pence had the keynote spot, giving his address from Fort McHenry in Baltimore – where a battle during the War of 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’

Pence has served as both messenger and defender for Trump – often ignoring or sidestepping the president’s more outrageous – but his own political future is looming.

In his speech, given at an historic monument, he also kept with the theme of the night and addressed the protests that have risen up in support of the Black Lives Matters movement.

He also addressed the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 5.79 million Americans and killed more than 178,000.

The vice president heads the White House Coronavirus Task Force and has been a point person for the federal response.

He touted that the U.S. would develop a vaccine for COVID-19 by the end of the year.

‘What Joe doesn’t seem to understand is that America is a nation of miracles and we’re on track to have the world’s first safe, effective coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year,’ Pence declared. 

Madison Cawthorn, the 25-year-old Republican running for Congress in North Carolina for Chief of Staff Mark Meadow’s vacant seat  

Cawthron, who was partially paralyzed in a car accident when he was 18, used a walker and leg braces at the end of his speech to stand to honor the U.S. ‘Be a radical for liberty. Be a radical for our republic. For which I stand,’ he said. ‘One nation. Under God. With liberty and justice for all’

President Trump made his sole appearance of the night at his No. 2’s speech at Ft. McHenry, where Pence accepted his renomination as the vice presidential candidate.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany shared a deeply personal story that she doesn’t frequently discuss publicly.

She proclaimed that President Donald Trump ‘stands with Americans who have pre-existing conditions’ because she counts as one of them.

McEnany took the stage to tell the story of her preventative double mastectomy in May 2018 on Wednesday night.

‘One of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump,’ she recalled. ‘As I recovered my phone rang again, it was President Trump calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world, caring about my circumstance.’

McEnany said her story proves that Trump would fight for Americans who have pre-existing conditions despite the White House continuing to be a part of a lawsuit destined for the Supreme Court that could completely overrule Obamacare and thus kill off those legislative protections.

‘During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew,’ she said, referencing the president. 

Karen Pence, an evangelical Christian, will also speak and is likely to address her faith.  

Several Republican lawmakers had their time in the limelight, including Representatives Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin, both of whom were staunch defenders of the president during the impeachment process.

Madison Cawthorn, the North Carolina congressional candidate who defeated the White House’s pick in a GOP primary for chief of staff Mark Meadows’ former House seat spoke.

The 25-year-old candidate was partially paralyzed during a car accident when he was 18 – but at the end of his speech, he used a walker and leg braces to assist him in standing to honor the country. 

‘I say to Americans who love our country – young and old – be a radical for freedom,’ Cawthorn said at the conclusion of his remarks. ‘Be a radical for liberty. Be a radical for our republic.’

‘For which I stand,’ he said as he a walker was brought in for him to stand from his wheelchair. ‘One nation. Under God. With liberty and justice for all.’  

Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese civil rights advocate who escaped house arrest in China in 2012 and migrated to the United States, railed against his native country as tensions between Washington and Beijing continue to rise 

Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese civil rights advocate who escaped house arrest in China in 2012 and migrated to the United States, also made remarks from D.C.

‘Standing up to fight unfairness is not easy. I know. So does President Trump – but he has shown the courage to wage that fight,’ Chen said.

‘We need to support, vote, and fight for President Trump – for the sake of the world,’ he continued.

The comments come as tensions between the U.S. and China have been on the rise recently. Trump blames Beijing for the coronavirus pandemic, claiming they concealed the threat as they released it to the world and often refers to COVID-19 as the ‘Chian virus’ – a term many denounced as racist.

‘Outside its borders, the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] ignores international treaties and norms, whether it is violating the rights of Hong Kong, cheating on trade deals, threatening Taiwan, or exploiting the World Health Organization,’ Chen said.

He also claimed China is looking to appease former President Barack Obama and his vice president and now the Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

‘The coronavirus pandemic, originating in China—and covered up by the CCP—has caused mass death and social upheaval around the world,’ Chen continued. ‘In the same way, the virus of the CCP is threatening the people of the world. The policy of appeasement of former administrations—including Obama and Biden—has allowed the CCP to infiltrate and corrode different aspects of the global community.’

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