Pence to headline ‘Cops for Trump’ event in Pennsylvania next week

President TrumpDonald John Trump, Justice Department, says 18 people face federal charges after Portland’s protests against the U.S. He takes over the former Chinese consulate in Houston. Defense Overnight: Republican Senator Aims to Rename Confederate Base | Trump approves sale of more larger armed drones MOREThe campaign announced Saturday that Vice President Pence will host a “Cops for Trump” event on Thursday in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, a state that Trump changed in 2016 by less than 1 percentage point.

Greensburg is located in Westmoreland County, an area in western Pennsylvania that beat Trump by more than 30 points in 2016. It is exactly the kind of place where the president needs to increase his turnout in his bid to repeat his success of long ago. four years.

The event comes amid widespread protests about systemic racism and police brutality that have been ongoing since late May, when George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

The Trump administration and its campaign have tried to take advantage of the protests, accusing protesters who marched to “strip the police” of trying to completely eliminate law enforcement in an attempt to shore up support, particularly among suburban voters.

However, most protesters do not call for the complete elimination of law enforcement. Rather, they are calling to withdraw some funds from the police to invest in a variety of other social services.

And while former vice president Joe BidenJoe Biden The Hill Campaign Report: Campaigns Prepare for Election Day Home Run Charlamagne tha God rips Biden: “Shut up forever” Hogan bets on republicanism with big criticism of Trump MORE He has distanced himself from the “strip the police” movement, Trump and his allies have still tried to tie him up. The campaign said in a press release that Thursday’s event “will reaffirm the commitment of the Trump Administration to always endorse the blue situation and condemn Joe Biden for his acceptance of the far-left movement” dismantle the police. ”

The administration has focused on its “law and order” response, deploying federal agents in cities such as Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Chicago, and Albuquerque, NM, to quell the protests and replay videos of protests in Portland at a news briefing by the White House. this week.

The White House appears to be ready to stretch its strategy in the months leading up to the election, with Trump suggesting that more cities could see law enforcement officers.

“Democratic politicians, and these are the cities where you have the problem. If you look at Chicago, if you look at Detroit, if you look, I mean, look around you in any of these cities where we have problems, “Trump said at a press conference this week.

“And we are sending aid to them, but we are really waiting for them to request the great help, the great numbers, the great amount of people that we have ready, willing and capable,” he added.