Pence: Praying ‘That We Will Not Allow the Few to Divide the Many’

( – Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday touched on the tragedy in Charlottesville, saying he’s praying for the family of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a driver mowed down protesters in the street, and that he’s been praying that Americans don’t let “the few to divide the many.”

“Today while I’m here in Chile, our hearts are in Charlottesville because just a few short hours ago, family and friends gathered to say farewell to a remarkable young woman, Heather Heyer, and we’ve been praying. We’ve been praying for God’s peace and comfort for her family and her friends and her loved ones,” he said during a press conference with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in Santiago, Chile.

“And we’re also praying that in America that we will not allow the few to divide the many. The strength of the United States of America is always strongest, as the president has said so eloquently, when we are united around our shared values, and so it will always be,” the vice president said.

During his initial remarks on Sunday while in Cartagena, Colombia, the vice president responded to the tragedy, saying, “We have no tolerance for hate and violence, from white supremacists, neo-Nazis, or the KKK. These dangerous fringe groups have no place in American public life and in the American debate, and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms.”

“The president also made clear that behavior by others of different militant perspectives are also unacceptable in our political debate and discourse. Our administration is bringing the full resources of the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the violence that ensued yesterday in Charlottesville, and we will hold them to account, under the law,” the vice president said at the time.

He also took issue with “many in the national media,” who “spent more time criticizing the president’s words than they did criticizing those who perpetrated the violence to begin with.”

“We should be putting the attention where it belongs, and that is on these extremist groups that need to be pushed out of the public debate entirely, and discredited for the hate groups and dangerous fringe groups that they are,” Pence said at the time.

On Wednesday, Pence said he stands by those remarks he made on Sunday.

“I spoke at length about this heart-breaking situation on Sunday night in Colombia, and I stand with the president, and I stand by those words,” he said.

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