November 2, 2019 Press Releases and Announcements

Mike Pence Can’t Erase Trump’s Broken Promises to Virginia


by Jake Rubenstein

Mike Pence Can’t Erase Trump’s Broken Promises to Virginia

In response to Mike Pence’s appearance today in Virginia Beach, Democratic Party of Virginia Communications Director Jake Rubenstein released the following statement:

“It’s sick⁠—but unsurprising⁠—that Mike Pence would show his face in Virginia Beach just weeks after Donald Trump pilfered millions from Hampton Roads to pay for his pointless border wall. Virginians proudly rejected Trump’s empty promises in 2016, and we can’t wait to do it again on Tuesday.”

BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S BROKEN PROMISES TO VIRGINIA

Promise: “We’re going to build a wall, and Mexico’s going to pay for the wall.” [Trump Campaign Event, Abingdon VA, 8/10/16]

Promise: “Our military is not being funded properly. We don’t have enough money going in. We need a strong military. We need a powerful, strong military.” [Trump Campaign Rally, Ashburn VA, 8/2/16]

Promise: “We’re going to build up our military stronger than it’s ever been before. Ever, ever, ever, ever.” [Trump Campaign Rally, Norfolk VA, 10/31/15]

RealityMexico still isn't paying for the wall. Instead, Trump forced the military to divert $3.6 billion away from critical construction projects.

Reality: Trump’s wall obsession diverted over $77 million in funding from Hampton Roads military projects.

Reality: After demanding $5 billion in taxpayer funds for his wall, Trump forced a 35-day government shutdown affecting more than 34,000 Virginians. 

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