Mike Pence Disinvited By Wisconsin College After Kenosha Shootings

Mike Pence was scheduled to give a speech at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee for a commencement event this week. After the shootings in Kenosha, the Vice President is no longer invited, and a Lutheran Reverend will take his place.

Mike Pence disinvited as speaker
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The school released a statement on its website, explaining that in light of recent events in Kenosha, the decision had been made to cancel Pence’s appearance.

Wisconsin Lutheran College today announced that after further review with careful consideration of the escalating events in Kenosha, the WLC Board of Regents and the College’s Administration have jointly decided to present a different speaker instead of the Vice President of the United States, Michael R. Pence, at the Saturday, August 29, 2020, commencement. The College is pleased to announce that Rev. Mark Jeske of St. Marcus Lutheran Church has agreed to serve as the commencement speaker.

A day after Kyle Rittenhouse traveled to Wisconsin to act as self-appointed ‘defender’ of buildings and property, then fired his rifle at protestors, killing two and injuring a third, Vice President Mike Pence took the stage at the Republican National Convention. He spoke of protests, demanding that “low and order” be enforced on the streets of Kenosha and elsewhere, the Guardian reports, declaring support of the ‘thin blue line,’ without addressing Rittenhouse’s actions, or those of the officer who shot Jacob Blake seven times in his back.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Devin O’Malley, a spokesperson for Pence, responded to the college’s decision, framing it as a safety decision.

Vice President Pence understands and supports Wisconsin Lutheran College’s decision to prioritize the safety and well-being of their students, and wishes the students well as they celebrate the accomplishment of graduating from college and as they embark on their next journey.

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