The vice president suffered a fall on Tuesday, but he’s doing alright.
According to the Washington Examiner, Mike Pence was boarding Air Force Two when he lost his footing, but the VP quickly shrugged it off with a wave and a thumbs-up.
Pence takes a tumble
Pence was moving briskly up Air Force Two’s portable staircase when he tripped at the top, but as Fox News reported, the vice president quickly recovered. Take a look at video of the incident, first shared by the Washington Examiner:
The moment came as Pence was on his way to Wisconsin to campaign for President Donald Trump’s re-election. The vice president appeared at events Tuesday focused on religious faith and school choice, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“I’m in Wisconsin for one reason and one reason only, and that is Wisconsin and America need four more years of President Donald Trump in the White House,” Pence said at a “Faith in America” rally in Pewaukee that drew protesters, according to NBC affiliate WISN.
VP shares optimistic message
Many in the media have attacked the VP’s sunny outlook — Pence has said that Americans are ready to move on from the coronavirus lockdowns and that there is no “second wave” of the virus — and they have criticized Trump and Pence for holding campaign rallies despite a lack of parallel concern over large protests.
As WISN noted, even Democrat White House hopeful Joe Biden didn’t hesitate to accuse Pence of putting people’s lives at risk; meanwhile, the vice president defended the Constitutional right to gather and hailed a “comeback” under President Trump.
“The right to gather, freedom of association, freedom of speech to peacefully assemble is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States, and the president and I just thought it was important,” Pence said, according to the local Fox 6.
Something to talk about
Pence’s Tuesday fall came after a media furor over President Trump’s careful walk down a steep ramp at West Point earlier this month, which the media used to stoke conjecture that Trump has neurological problems.
At his comeback rally in Oklahoma on Saturday, Trump slammed the media’s coverage of the West Point episode, saying that the soles of his shoes were slippery and that he was reluctant to give the “Fake News” something to talk about, invoking the media’s response to Gerald Ford’s Air Force One tumble.
“I can’t fall with the fake news watching,” Trump said, according to Fox News.