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VP Pence pushes for support of police in campaign stop with Lt. Gov. Forest

Posted October 31, 2020 7:07 p.m. EDT
Updated October 31, 2020 8:33 p.m. EDT

— Vice President Mike Pence has made several stops in the Tar Heel state this week. That continued with multiple rallies on Saturday.

Pence made a stop at the Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport with Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. Later on Saturday, Pence campaigned in Elizabeth City. This was Pence’s fifth rally and third visit to North Carolina in a week.

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of people filled the area at the airport to show support for the re-election of President Donald Trump and Pence.

Masked and with a running start, Pence joined the cheering crowd at the rally after getting off his plane. Despite recent positive COVID-19 tests among Pence’s staff and other positive results linked to a Trump rally in North Carolina, many in the crowd were unmasked but excited.

"If they’re screened and their temperature and they don’t have any symptoms, no it doesn’t bother me," Wayne County resident Linda Harper said about attending the event.

"When I found out (about the campaign stop), I was just excited and, of course, supporting Donald Trump," said Joshua Jones.

The Trump campaign said masks were encouraged and temperature checks were taken.

"We tell people if they have any flu like symptoms or COVID symptoms not to come out, and of course, we’re doing it outside, so we’re following all of our safety protocols, said Michael Whatley, chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party.

With recent protests and discussions on defunding police departments across the country, the crowd started a back the blue chant.

"We’re not gonna defund the police," Pence told the crowd. "Not now not ever. We’re gonna back the blue."

Forrest also spoke and denounced the recent Raleigh riots.

When I’m governor, I will never allow the mob to destroy one of our cities," Forest told the crowd.

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