Navajo Nation VP Lizer expresses support for Trump in RNC speech
Aug 25, 2020, 7:04 PM | Updated: Aug 26, 2020, 2:50 pm
PHOENIX — Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer expressed his support for President Donald Trump during his speech on the second night of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday.
“Our people have never been invited into the American dream,” Lizer said.
“For years, we fought congressional battles with past congressmen and senators that were part of a broken system that ignored us. That was until President Trump took office.”
The Navajo Nation once led the U.S. in per-capita positive COVID-19 cases at its peak of the coronavirus pandemic.
“President Trump delivered the largest financial funding package ever to Indian country,” Lizer said.
“The $8 billion in CARES Act funding to Indian country was a great start in alleviating the devastating effects that he COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted on our Indian tribes.”
In November 2019, Trump established Operation Lady Justice — a task force designated to enhance the criminal justice system for missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska natives.
“The president also provided $273 million to improve public safety and support victims of crime in the Native American community,” Lizer said. “As a result, a cold case office was recently opened on the Gila River Indian Community.”
Lizer also went on to express his support for Trump-nominated Supreme Court judge Neil Gorsuch, who supports Native American rights.
“The president has reactivated the White House council on Native American affairs to promote economic development and rural prosperity in Indian country,” Lizer added.
Mary Ann Mendoza — an Arizona mother whose son was killed in 2014 by a drunk driver who was in the country illegally — was also scheduled to also speak at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night.
But she had her speech pulled after asking her 40,000 Twitter followers to read a thread that promoted a theory regarding a Jewish world takeover, according to ABC Radio.
Mendoza has since issued an apology on Twitter.