Pence and Democratic rival Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) ― the running mate of former Vice President Joe Biden ― campaigned in the swing state of Wisconsin on Monday. Harris met privately with the family of Jacob Blake, visited a training facility of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and urged supporters to vote. Pence attacked Harris for voting against the Trump administration’s new North American free-trade pact and accused Biden of “policies that have literally led to violence in our major American cities.”
But it was another line uttered by the vice president that received much of the attention on social media.
“I can tell you that after traveling to more than 30 countries as your vice president, America is respected in the world again,” Pence said.
Critics were quick to point out that the Trump administration’s botched response to the coronavirus pandemic had caused many nations to restrict or even ban Americans from entry lest they bring the infection:
When at some point in the future I’m allowed to visit other countries, I look forward to asking about this https://t.co/fVRxrFvr6C— Mark Mazzetti (@MarkMazzettiNYT) September 7, 2020
Not hyperbole.— YS (@NYinLA2121) September 8, 2020
We are not allowed to step on 90% of land on this planet. https://t.co/5csGQGmqYq
Is that why no country will allow us to visit? We’re too respected? https://t.co/TzmQT7gIDS— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) September 8, 2020
Yeah. The underworld. https://t.co/M6rILorSqF— Christian Christensen (@ChrChristensen) September 8, 2020
Correction: America is a laughingstock.— A Worried Citizen (@ThePubliusUSA) September 7, 2020
"America is respected in the world again."— Dennis Herring (@dcherring) September 8, 2020
yea rite- the President isn't even respected in D.C. pic.twitter.com/EdEBR1anLH
Oh my God! @VP don’t say things that make you seem to be any more slavishly ridiculous than you already are. In some countries we are the object of scorn & some pity. In others we are feared because of how wildly unpredictable we’ve become. But more respected? Never. https://t.co/TcUN3GwXOR— James J. Zogby (@jjz1600) September 7, 2020
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