Vice President Mike Pence may have anticipated some form of protests when he visited Colorado, but what he got was more than unusual.
Protesters dressed as characters from the “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the novel and TV series about a dystopian future society where women are treated as property, lined the streets on the way to Pence’s destination.
The vice president was scheduled to speak at a Republican Party fundraiser at the Denver Marriott Tech Center on Thursday and the anti-Trump group was there to greet him.
The protesters claimed to be condemning Pence’s stance on abortion, Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act, CBS News reported.
“To let him know that here in Colorado we believe in women’s rights, immigrant rights, worker’s rights and human rights in general. So, we’ll be here. We can protest all the way to the next election,” Indivisible Movement spokeswoman Sophia Solano said.
The vice president and former Indiana governor on Thursday made his second visit to Colorado since President Donald Trump took office. In his previous visit in June, the red-robed protesters had also made an appearance outside of a planned speech by Pence to Christian organization, Focus on the Family.
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Though the state went for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, Pence told the crowd of about 400 at the fundraiser that “people who I know, in the not distant future, are going to turn Colorado red.”
Pence spoke to the Republican donors about tax cuts and GOP unity in his speech.
“I’m going to make a prediction tonight,” he said. “We’re going to pass the largest tax cut in American history, and we’re going to pass it this year.”
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $4 trillion budget measure on Thursday, effectively setting the stage for Trump’s promised tax overhaul.
“We’re going to put more money in the American people’s pockets,” Pence said.
Pence also drew cheers from the crowd when he announced, “by the way, I always stand for our flag and our national anthem.”
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