GOP Convention 2020: Mike Pence to defend public order message at RNC as sports stars protest police brutality

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Pence is expected to argue that Joe Biden would lead the country in a dangerously liberal direction as he defends the Trump presidency. A major theme of his speech and of the evening as a whole will be support for law enforcement. The night’s theme contrasts sharply with the National Basketball Association, Women’s National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball teams announcing that they will not be playing in their Wednesday night games to protest police violence against blacks. .

The Milwaukee Bucks decided not to play Game 5 of their playoff series against the Orlando Magic to protest the police shootout of Jacob Blake – a 29-year-old black man who was shot multiple times in the back while he was trying to get into an SUV. with her children in the vehicle – in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which is near Milwaukee. The other two playoff games scheduled for Wednesday night were also postponed as the players decided to join the Bucks in the protest.

This is a historic moment in the sports world that will firmly oppose Republican messages of support for the police and regular calls for athletes to stick to the sport instead of making political statements. Pence is expected to address kneeling players during the national anthem as a form of protest against police brutality and Trump and Pence have repeatedly criticized players who took a knee as disrespectful to the flag and American values.

Throughout the spring and summer, as Americans took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, Pence tried to reframe the debate as an attack on the police. In numerous appearances in the Swing State this summer, he has mistakenly suggested that the former vice president is siding with far-left activists who are in favor of police deregistration.He is expected to renew his criticism of Biden and the vow he and Trump made to “support the blue” amid protests against police on Wednesday during his speech at Fort McHenry, arguing that the campaign of Trump is a choice between “freedom and opportunity” and a future of “socialism and decline.”

A senior Republican official told CNN’s Jeff Zeleny that Pence will use his remarks to define the Democratic ticket as “disconnected and dangerous for America.”

The former Indiana governor is also expected to tackle violence in Wisconsin after Blake’s shooting. Two people were killed during the night and a third injured during the third night of protests in Kenosha. Antioch Deputy Police Chief Geoffrey Guttschow told CNN that 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse visited the Antioch police headquarters on Wednesday. Rittenhouse lives in Antioch, about 20 miles from Kenosha, where the shooting took place during the protest.

Michael “Mick” McHale – a 27-year veteran of the Sarasota, Florida Police Department – should point out why the police are supporting Trump.

“I am proud that the overwhelming majority of American police officers are the best of the best and put their lives on the line without hesitation. And good officers need to know that their elected leaders and department heads are supporting them, ”McHale said, according to the prepared remarks.

“The violence that we see in these cities and others does not happen by chance; it is the direct result of elected leaders refusing to allow the police to protect our communities, ”he added.

Trump has repeatedly argued that his administration embodies ‘law and order’ and that his administration is the only thing preventing chaos on the streets of America, even though most protests since Floyd’s death have been peaceful.

Although Biden has explicitly rejected calls for police deregistration, Pence presented the sharp attacks he will launch on the former vice president during a July visit to Wisconsin when he described Biden as a unfortunate tool of left activists who would give in to the progressive. wing of the Democratic Party.

Pence twisted Biden’s words in an interview with activist Ady Barkan when he said he “absolutely” agreed to some of the police funding being redirected.

The vice president argued that Biden’s comment showed he had “capitulated to the radical left-wing crowd” and told voters “the hard truth is: you won’t be safe in Joe’s America. Biden ”.

Second Lady Karen Pence delivered her own speech during an appearance on “Fox and Friends,” in which she said she would focus on the military community and its work connecting military spouses with employment opportunities. She said she would also talk about the work she has done on initiatives to prevent suicide among veterans.

“It will be an exciting evening to shine the spotlight on the heroes of this great country,” she said during the interview.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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