On Wednesday, Mike Pence the Vice President used his nomination acceptance speech to unequivocally side with law enforcement, calling for law and order at a time when more black men are gunned down by police and boycotts are rippling through the sports world as players protest police brutally.
After an extraordinary protest by basketball stars over the latest police shooting of Jacob Blake, Pence and Trump are facing leadership tests both in their handling race relations and Hurricane Laura, a massive Category 4 storm that approached landfall near the border of Louisiana and Texas.
Pence offered words of support for those in the path of Hurricane Laura, calling it as serious storm. He said, “We all urge all those in the affected areas to head state and local authorities, stay safe and know that we will be with you in every step of the way to support, rescue, response and recovery in the days and weeks ahead.” Pence made little effort to acknowledge the desperation of Black Americans who are protesting decade of brutality at the hands of police.
In order to slam Biden, promoting Trump’s pro-police law and order message, Pence only referenced the most recent violence in Wisconsin.
Pence said, “Last week Biden did not 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.”
Pence’s central theme of the night stood in sharp contrast with the decision by teams in the National Basketball Association, Women’s National Basketball Association, Major league Baseball and Major League Soccer teams not to play in their Wednesday night games to protest police brutality against Black people.
Its a historic moment in the sporting world that seemed a world away from Republican message of support for police and regular cells for athletes to stick to sports instead of making political statements. Two people were killed overnight of protests and three injured during the third night of protests in Kenosha.
Conway, who became the first female campaign manager to win a presidential campaign when Trump was victorious in 2016, praised the President for elevating woman to senior positions in business and government. She said, “He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions and insists that we are on equal footing with the men.”