Pence heckled repeatedly by protesters during speech on tax reform

(WSYX/WTTE)

Vice President Mike Pence came to Columbus Friday for a speech on the Republican tax reforms but was repeatedly heckled by protesters in the crowd.

The event was part of a victory lap tour for the White House organized by America First Policies, a group created by allies of President Trump to promote his agenda.

The speech in Columbus was the 15th of its kind since February according to organizers with America First Policies. The vice president was interrupted six times by protesters upset about the White House's immigration policy taking children away from their parents after crossing the border and Pence's views on homosexuality.

Pence spoke in front of a crowd of a couple hundred people at the Renaissance Hotel Downtown Columbus. The protests started just moments into his speech. One by one each one was escorted out by police or security. Pence largely ignored them and stuck to his prepared remarks.

The event was billed as a policy event and not a political one but had many similarities to campaign rallies from the Trump Campaign in 2016. Pence attacked Democrats in Washington and praised several Republicans who will be on the ballot this fall. Pence only briefly spokes about the purpose of the event - Republican tax reform.

“President Trump signed just before Christmas the largest tax cuts and tax reform in American history," he said. "That’s promises made and promises kept.”

Pence said the tax cuts were helping every day Americans by putting more money into their paychecks.

The Democratic National Committee called the event "Pence's tax scam roadshow". It said in a statement the tax cuts are causing health care premiums to skyrocket while corporations and the wealthiest one percent get a "massive tax break".

The vice president also went to an event to support State Senator Troy Balderson who is the Republican nominee for the special election to replace Rep. Pat Tiberi.

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