ST. LOUIS, Missouri- Vice President Mike Pence and Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Wednesday visited the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in University City, where at least 170 headstones were tvandalized. Greitens said the following about the stop and clean-up:
“Today, we had the honor of welcoming the Vice President of the United States—and my friend—Mike Pence to our state. I’m so proud of what we were able to show him.
First, we visited a 100-year old Missouri business. We met with workers and job creators to show the strength and quality of Missouri’s workforce. We showed Vice President Pence that America’s economic comeback is starting right here in Missouri.
Yesterday, I went to Facebook to ask volunteers to join us in helping to clean up the Jewish cemetery that had been vandalized and desecrated this past weekend. I spoke on the phone with several faith leaders from the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities. I asked them to bring their friends and neighbors to help us.
The response blew us away.
Hundreds of Missourians, of every creed and from every corner of the state, came together to stand up for our neighbors. When we put out the call, the people of Missouri stepped up and demonstrated to the country and the world that we will fight for our neighbors. Donations poured in, and tens of thousands of dollars were raised for the repairs at the cemetery.
I told the Vice President what we were planning to do this afternoon. As soon as I told him, he decided to change his plans and join us. He wanted us to know that he, and the White House, believe in what we are doing in Missouri. He wanted to send a message about how we can meet cowardice with courage and hate with productive action and shared service.”
“Too many politicians have sharp tongues and soft hands. They’re willing to talk about problems, but that’s often as far as it goes. Today, Vice President Pence joined us and got to work in our response to violence, by personally helping us to clean up the affected headstones and rebuild the beauty of a sacred site attacked with hate.
President Trump called me and asked me to let you all know how proud he is of our state. Vice President Pence expressed his admiration for our workers and the crowds that came to clean with us. For too long the world has known Missouri for our embarrassments, failures, and scandals. Today, we showed the world our energy, faith, and strength. I could not be more proud to be a Missourian and to be your Governor today.”