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Trump makes surprise trip to Fort McHenry for Pence’s ‘law & order’ RNC speech

BALTIMORE, Maryland — President Donald Trump made a surprise appearance at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry following Vice President Mike Pence’s speech at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night.

The president, first lady, Pence and Pence’s wife stood on stage with their hands over their hearts as country music star Trace Adkins performed “The Star-Spangled Banner.”


Trump didn’t make any comments at the podium, but after the national anthem, he and the first lady greeted people in the audience, chatting with supporters while standing a few feet away.

Pence delivered the evening’s keynote from Fort McHenry, where Americans defended Baltimore Harbor from the British in the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Pence used his nomination acceptance speech to unequivocally side with law enforcement, calling for "law and order" at a time when recent shootings and deaths of Black people at the hands of police has led to protests in the streets and boycotts that are rippling through the sports world.

He forcefully defended law enforcement but made no mention of the Black Americans killed by police this year as he addressed Republican convention proceedings that unfolded amid new protests against racial injustice following the latest shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

Pence argued that Democratic leaders are allowing lawlessness to prevail from coast to coast. He described cities wracked by violence, though protests in most locations have been largely peaceful.

“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,” he said. He assailed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for saying there is an “implicit bias” against people of color and “systemic racism” in the U.S.

“The hard truth is ... you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America,” Pence said. “Let me be clear: The violence must stop – whether in Minneapolis, Portland, or Kenosha.”

Absent from Pence’s 37-minute speech: a direct mention of Blake, the Black man who was wounded by police on Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin. There was also no reference to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor or other Black people who have been killed by police this year, spurring a new nationwide protest movement.

The convention keynote gave Pence another opportunity to demonstrate his loyalty to Trump. The vice president, who is also the chair of the White House coronavirus task force, defended the administration’s handling of the pandemic that is killing more than 1,000 Americans a day, a political liability that was otherwise largely absent from the convention program. He also delivered sober, encouraging words to Gulf Coast residents as Hurricane Laura neared.

“This is a serious storm,” Pence said. “And 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, respond, and recover in the days and weeks ahead.”

Positioning himself as a potential heir to Trump in 2024, Pence delivered sharp attacks against Biden, but also presented an optimistic vision of the country’s future.

"President Donald Trump believes in America and in the goodness of the American people, the boundless potential of every American to live out their dreams in freedom and, every day, President Trump has been fighting to protect the promise of America," Pence said toward the conclusion of his remarks.

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    1. Yeah, their lies sound good until the fact checkers look at it all. The Republicans must think no one has watched the news or read anything during the last three 3.9 years of chaos and bungling. They can fool their hillbilly base, but the average American is onto them.

    2. Uvulacow, only a narrow-minded thug like you would consider the RNC a success. What was your favorite part? The Trump spawn speaking out of his a** strung out on coke. Lowlife thugs rooting for white-collar thugs.

    1. Yes, because physical attributes are what the undecided voters look for. Jesus effing Christ, you are fucking stupid. Seriously, do you have a brain? Or are you just another fuckstick that follows everything the party says?

        1. Steve the moron has been unglued for the past 3 1/2 years now. He had TDS before President Trump was elected. He’ll have TDS after he is reelected. He needs a crisis intervention for admittance to the local hut houses. Obviously I’m in his mentally diseased head 24/7 just like in Alberto’s. I pity his children.

      1. It’s mean drunk Steve on a nasty rant. Good to see I’m in your big fat mentally diseased head rent free. Obviously I’m smarter than you are moron. You’re brainless. Just look at your nasty ad hominem brainless attacks. You’re losing it. LMAO.

      2. I’ll bet Steve is married to a fugly libturd woman. Plus he’s a fugly libturd too. His psycho rants are getting worse than ever. So that nitwit votes based on how women look? How dumb is that. lmao.

    2. Ferothepig, not even the so-called libtard women would ever go out you – an ugly-a**, uneducated, delusional loser. And shove your women-directed insults up your a** before you start – puta, cu**, (YOUR mom), (YOUR junkie street-walking vieja), etc…

      1. This is coming from a cross-dresser, who barely got out of high school, couldn’t complete an enlistment in the Navy due to drug use and his tranny personality, has never had a career, only a string of minimum-wage jobs?

    3. Fero2a have you taken a close look at combover pasty wanna tan face Trump? Yes he’s a looker! Lol. Fat white vajajay mouth looking. Lol.

  1. They’re getting shriller and shriller. 72 more days and it out with the Nazis and white supremacists, the crooks, the Russian operatives, the incompetents, the liars, the climate change deniers, the anti immigrant racists, and those who pose a danger to the security of the nation.

    1. 72 more days for Jo Ho 2020 to go down. You’ll be crying like back in 2016. BTW – Based on Alberto’s rants and yours you’re getting shriller. Stock up on those TDS meds. Maybe dumbass Steve on Resler will give you some of his. Happy TDS!

    2. markturner is getting dumb and dumber. You can’t fix his dumbness. 72 more days for President Trump’s landslide victory. Biden/Harris crash and burning.

  2. Mark, absolutely well said! The racist prick needs to go. He incites his like-minded followers to commit violent acts, like the gun-toting little turd from Wisconsin who killed two protesters.

    1. Alberto talking to himself. What a schizo psycho. Yeah like BLM/Antifa was on a peaceful protest? You’re an idiot. The kid should be awarded a medal for getting rid of leftist scum. The 3 radical leftists that were shot had colorful criminal records. Clearly a good case of self defense. His mother and father should be very proud of him. More antifa going down sooner or later.

    2. New video evidence shows the shooter acted in self defense. All three victims that attacked Rittenhouse before getting shot have arrest records, possible felons and one was carrying a handgun illegally. Enough said.

      1. It’s fake news markturner. The same thing did not happen in El Paso. Plus the El Paso shooter was not a Trump fan. The Kenosha shooter killed white radical leftists rioting not innocent Hispanics. Self-defense. Obviously you are not allowed to own a firearm due to your mental instability.

          1. I’m trying to sell it though. Really have no use for it. Most of the native American tribes were disarmed years ago. Its brand new and had only one clip fired through it.

    1. But your’re the dumb and dumber dumbass actually watching the RNC and soaking it in. It’s in your head. Silly rabbit the RNC is for Republicans not leftist nobody twats. LMAO.

  3. White prick walking with his hands in the air repeatedly grabbing the rifle and lives. That’s the problem. Coward white little prick. Shoots and cowards out. Like crusious.

  4. The orange buffoon administration has had more convicted criminals in it than any Presidency. How is this idiot buffoon going to look anyone in the face and talk about “law and order”?

      1. See thats why you can’t win an argument. Biden has said over and over he wants to increase funding and training to police. The only one who has made any move to defund police is the orange buffoon. He tried to get the Senate to whack 30 billion out of aid to cities and counties for police funding. Read the AP Fact Checker. Or or stay stipid and unaware of the facts.

        1. What argument? You are posting fake news so nothing to argue about moron. We need to fact check you. Partially or fully defunding is the same. You can’t spin that. Back on July 17: “Joe Biden said in an interview Wednesday that some funding should “absolutely” be redirected from police, amid calls from some in his party to “defund the police” in the wake of the protests across the country.”

          “Biden’s campaign has said he does not support defunding the police. But in a Now This interview with activist Ady Barkan, the presumptive Democratic nominee said that police forces don’t need surplus military equipment, saying this is what leads them to “become the enemy” in a community.”

          “But do we agree that we can redirect some of the [police] funding?” Barkan asked Biden. “Yes, absolutely,” said the former vice president.

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