‘I really do believe you can say to somebody they’ve got bad ideas without saying they’re a bad person,’ Pence said
Dozens of students walked out on former Vice President Mike Pence during a talk sponsored by Young America’s Foundation at Georgetown University Wednesday, Fox News reported.
A video posted by YAF shows students leaving the room while Pence spoke and other students unfurled a flag reading “reproductive rights are human rights.”
“It seems to me that having served many years in Washington, leaders in this nation’s capital have never been more out of touch,” Pence said as dozens exited. “More intent on imposing their agenda or walking out on people that might have a different point of view.”
On that line, other audience members clapped and cheered.
Protesters outside the event held the “reproductive rights” banner and chanted “Hate has no home here” in a video posted by Young America’s Foundation.
Leftists chant “hate has no home here” outside VP @Mike_Pence’s speech at Georgetown pic.twitter.com/Cx5JSVlko6
— YAF (@yaf) October 20, 2022
Young America’s Foundation quickly refilled the seats with Pence supporters waiting outside, Fox reported.
“Thank you @yaf and @GUPolitics!” Pence tweeted. “It was great to be at Georgetown tonight with so many great young Americans!”
Thank you @yaf and @GUPolitics! It was great to be at Georgetown tonight with so many great young Americans! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/aaeMGcVObo
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) October 20, 2022
The former vice president “emphasized a message of tolerance during the speech and called fro the restoration of civil discourse,” according to Fox.
“I really do believe you can say to somebody they’ve got bad ideas without saying they’re a bad person,” Pence said. “I hold the view and have for many years that democracy depends on heavy doses of civility.”
During a question-and-answer session following his speech, Pence “hedged” when asked whether he would support a 2024 Trump presidency.
“Well there might be somebody else I prefer more,” Pence said.
“All my focus has been on the midterm elections, and it’ll stay that way for the next 20 days. But after that, we’ll be thinking about the future,” Pence continued. “Ours and the nation’s. And, I’ll keep you posted. OK?”
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IMAGE: Young America’s Foundation
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