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Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence speaks at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Ariz., Aug. 31, 2016. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Trump's running mate: Talk of racism, police should end

09/23/16 08:00AM

Donald Trump's presidential campaign is clearly aware of this week's tragedies in Tulsa and Charlotte. But as this NBC News report suggests, the Republican ticket's reaction to the developments may not be entirely constructive.
GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence called on the country to end debate about "institutional racism" among law enforcement officers as protests in Charlotte flared this week following the shooting of another black man by a police officer.

"We ought to set aside this talk, this talk about institutional racism and institutional bias," Pence said during a roundtable with pastors in a Colorado Springs church on Thursday afternoon.
According to the Associated Press' report, the far-right Indiana governor also said, "Donald Trump and I both believe that there's been far too much of this talk of institutional bias or racism in law enforcement."

In fairness, Pence also reportedly acknowledged, in his best passive voice, that "mistakes are made" in law enforcement, and he agrees that "people have to be held to strict account." Trump's running mate added that "there will be a thorough investigation and that justice will be served and high standards will be upheld."

But this doesn't negate the fact that Pence nevertheless wants less "talk about institutional racism and institutional bias" in law enforcement. Evidently, according to the GOP's vice presidential nominee, the problems might improve if we'd only agree to end conversations about them.

One of the striking aspects of this is how much further Pence is going than the usual response from many conservatives.
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