Republican leaders in Washington, D.C., are honoring those who serve to protect the American people, as many have paid the “ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.”
National Police Week kicked off with a candlelight vigil held at the National Mall on Monday to honor 371 fallen officers.
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) May 14, 2019
Among the several Republicans praising officers during National Police Week include Vice President Mike Pence.
“God bless our fallen heroes, their families, & all of our courageous law enforcement today, & every day!” Pence tweeted Monday.
This #NationalPoliceWeek we honor the men & women serving on the Thin Blue Line & we remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty over the past year. God bless our fallen heroes, their families, & all of our courageous law enforcement today, & every day! pic.twitter.com/daRmCSgVKY
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 13, 2019
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) honored law enforcement’s “bravery & sacrifice” while specifically thanking David Bailey and Crystal Griner for their “heroic actions” during a congressional baseball practice in 2017 in which a gunman shot Scalise, resulting in nerve damage in his left leg.
Scalise has made it clear that surviving the shooting has only strengthened his support for the Second Amendment, as IJR Red reported.
“Our rights come to us from God, not lawmakers,” he said at the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual event. “It’s God who gave us our rights. Our Founding Fathers believed in that.”
This week we honor the bravery & sacrifice of our nation’s law enforcement officers & their families. I’m especially grateful for David Bailey & Crystal Griner—their heroic actions saved my life & the lives of many others on the baseball field that morning. #NationalPoliceWeek pic.twitter.com/GJbTKnyMff
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) May 13, 2019
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) expressed his thankfulness to “the men and woman that dedicate their lives to protect our communities each day.”
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) May 11, 2019
“We honor those who hold the thin blue line and stand in the gap to protect and serve,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) tweeted Tuesday. “We remember those who gave their lives in the line of duty. Thank you for your service.”
We honor those who hold the thin blue line and stand in the gap to protect and serve. We remember those who gave their lives in the line of duty. Thank you for your service. #NationalPoliceWeek pic.twitter.com/FuBur1hy98
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 14, 2019
“Supporting law enforcement shouldn’t be a political issue because law enforcement officers make sacrifices every single day in the line of duty, and some of them pay the ultimate price to protect our communities, so thank you for your service and your sacrifice,” Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said in a tribute video.
Watch the video below:
Law Enforcement Officers make tremendous sacrifices every day to protect and serve our communities, some paying the ultimate sacrifice. #NationalPoliceWeek is a time to remember the fallen heroes and thank the men and women in blue for their service and sacrifice. #BacktheBlue pic.twitter.com/3ucTkfsv7n
— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) May 13, 2019
Other Republicans joined in to honor police officers:
— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) May 13, 2019
I will always be a strong supporter of the brave men and women who work hard to keep our communities safe every day. Let's take time to thank our police officers for their service during this #NationalPoliceWeek. pic.twitter.com/M4VaPTI398
— Gary Palmer (@USRepGaryPalmer) May 13, 2019
It is National Police Week. Let us honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting us. To officers everywhere and their families, thank you for your service and your sacrifice. #NationalPoliceWeek pic.twitter.com/Hnw5UK5kU8
— John McCann (@realJohnMcCann) May 14, 2019
— Rep. Tim Burchett (@RepTimBurchett) May 14, 2019
On #NationalPoliceWeek, I presented awards to local law enforcement officials for exceptional achievement. These awards are a fitting tribute to our officers and a reminder of the important role they play in our communities. #ThinBlueLine pic.twitter.com/pPtRnve2gC
— Rep. Vern Buchanan (@VernBuchanan) May 14, 2019
— Senator Mike Crapo (@MikeCrapo) May 14, 2019
“In this admin, we’ll always stand with heroes of law enforcement,” Trump declared at the time. “And we’re going to protect them, just like they protect us.”