Vice President Mike Pence told a crowd in Philadelphia Monday afternoon that President Donald Trump is like the Villanova Wildcats and Super Bowl champion Eagles – a winner.
“He wanted me to be sure to give you his very best,” the Republican vice president said.
Pence touted low unemployment, the booming economy, renegotiation of trade deals, cuts to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and a policy of deregulation pushed by the Trump administration. He celebrated America slashing regulations on coal, power plants, and backing out of the Paris Climate Accord.
“This president promised to cut taxes across the board … just before Christmas, President Trump signed the largest tax cut and tax reform in American history,” Pence said.
Speaking at the Sheraton on North 17th Street for a America First Policies political action committee event, the vice president cited the tax cuts with leading to bonuses handed out by large corporations and growing employment as signs the economy was booming. He said the growth is due to the president’s economic policy that has been helped by Republicans in Congress.
Pence did not mince words and called out Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, for her comments earlier this year that the amount of extra money in paychecks from tax reform was “crumbs” left behind for workers.
“Let me say it from the heart: any leader who says $1,000 in the pocket of American workers are ‘crumbs’ is out of touch with the American public and should never lead the Congress again,” he said.
With cheers from the crowd, Pence hit Democrats who have been calling for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE.) He stated that Trump supports the military and law enforcement, especially members of ICE.
Pence implored the crowd to tell friends they “ran into Mike” in “downtown Philadelphia.” Expanding on that, he urged them to tell their friends about the “progress that we’re making” and that “we cut their taxes” while supporting the military.
“Tell them that under President Donald Trump that the forgotten men and women are forgotten no more.”
The vice president also talked up Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton and his Republican campaign for senate.
There were several other elected of officials in attendance for the event, but Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick of Bucks County was not seen. His spokesman told LevittownNow.com he was speaking at the Pennsylvania State Education Association Leadership Conference in Gettysburg before departing for Washington D.C.
Fitzpatrick voted for the tax reform measures celebrated by Pence Monday.
Following the public speech, Pence went to the Union League on South Broad Street for a private fundraiser for Barletta, who is facing off against Democratic Senator Bob Casey this fall.
— PhillyChitChat (@HughE_Dillon) July 23, 2018
Outside the Union League, a large group of demonstrators greeted the vice president. Some of those rallying against Trump administration policies on behalf of the group Refuse Fascism were dressed as handmaids from the popular Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Trump won Pennsylvania by just over 44,000 votes in 2016.