LaCROSSE, Wisc. — Vice-President Mike Pence was in Wisconsin on Labor Day campaigning for President Trump, nearly a week after Trump visited Kenosha, Wisconsin days after riots and violent protests took place there.
Pence was on the other side of the state in LaCrosse along the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, where he spoke to workers with the Dairyland Power Cooperative which provides energy to many rural parts of the state.
“It is great to be with you here in LaCrosse,” Pence told the gathering. “I can’t think of a better place to be on the holiday where we celebrate America’s tradition of hard work and the American dream. For 79 years, you’ve been keeping the lights on in Wisconsin!”
Pence also reiterated he and President Trump’s support for law enforcement as the country still grapples with unrest over racial injustices against African-Americans and riots that have left police departments weary in several cities.
“The men and women in law enforcement are the best of us,” Pence said. “They put their lives on the line every single day. They literally count our lives as more important than their own.”
Pence assured the crowd that any police use of force incident will always be investigated thoroughly, but also once again called for an end to rioting and looting connected to protests against police brutality throughout the country, saying there is “no excuse” for it.
His opponent for vice-president, Sen. Kamala Harris, was also in Wisconsin for Labor Day weekend. She was in Kenosha, where she spoke with Jacob Blake and his family on the phone. Blake is the man shot in the back seven times by a police officer a couple of weeks ago, which refueled protests and riots across the U.S.