Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday that any American could look at the contrast between President Trump and Joe Biden and see which one stands behind the nation’s law enforcement officers. In an interview with Fox News’s Mark Levin, Pence said that he himself has looked up to police officers since he was a kid.
“My uncle was a police officer in Chicago for 25 years,” Pence recalled. “I mean, I remember as a little boy with my three brothers going up to Chicago and meeting – seeing him coming out of his bedroom at my grandparents’ house with that uniform on, the badge, the sidearm. We’d just look up at him in awe.
“All of my heroes wear uniforms,” he continued, “and President Trump feels just the same way. And that’s why you see so many law enforcement organizations endorsing this president.”
Pence said that you could take that reverence for the Thin Blue Line and contrast it with the Biden/Harris ticket.
“They are literally undermining support for law enforcement and speaking about cutting funding and re-imagining and defunding the police,” Pence said. “They’re just doubling down on the policies that are contributing to violence in our cities.”
Pence said that it’s no mistake that the nation’s largest police union has come out in favor of Trump’s reelection campaign.
“All along the way, this president has made it clear that we’re going to stand with the men and women who stand on the thin blue line,” Pence said. “With four more years of President Donald Trump, we’re going to support law enforcement, we’re going to support our African-American neighbors, and we’re going to have law and order in all of our cities for every American, of every race and creed and color.”
Biden has tried to walk a careful line in his campaign, refusing to jump on the “defund the police” movement while also defending himself against the burden of the 1994 crime bill that he supported – a bill that Black Lives Matter enthusiasts say did irrevocable harm to the black community. In the end, this tightrope has put him in a kind of political no-man’s-land where neither side really trusts him. The far-left activists don’t like him; the police and their supporters don’t believe that he’ll stand firm against the Democratic Party’s more radical elements.
What does this leave us with? A President who is completely unambiguous when it comes to supporting police and a candidate who feels like he’s testing the wind every time he addressed crime, policing, and black activism. These are tough issues and they require a leader who will say what he means and mean what he says. Joe Biden is clearly not that man.