In the event you have been watching the vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, then there’s an excellent likelihood you in all probability have loads of questions. Each Pence and Harris lined many subjects over the course of the night, and given the regimented construction of the talk, they didn’t have time to speak about every subject for very lengthy.
At one level, Mike Pence drew consideration to the truth that the dad and mom of Kayla Mueller have been in attendance on the debate, then went on to say that her dad and mom imagine Kayla would nonetheless be alive at this time if Donald Trump had been president when she was captured. Right here’s a short abstract for anybody who’s unfamiliar with Kayla Mueller’s story.
What occurred to Kayla Mueller?
Kayla Mueller was an American human rights activist and humanitarian help employee. She grew up in Arizona and was concerned in a number of human rights initiatives all through her life, together with working in India with Tibetan refugees, serving to African refugees in Israel, and volunteering for the Worldwide Solidarity Motion within the Center East.
In December 2012, Kayla traveled to southern Turkey, the place she labored to help Syrian refugees. On Aug. 3, 2013, she crossed the border into Syria and headed to the town of Aleppo. On the time, Syria was within the midst of a still-ongoing civil warfare and was deemed extremely harmful for worldwide help staff. Kayla was captured by members of the Islamic State (extensively often known as ISIS).
She was held hostage for 18 months. Different captives who have been held along with her reported that Kayla was tortured and raped by former IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. All through the time Kayla was held hostage, her household and the U.S. navy made a number of makes an attempt to rescue her. Tragically, the rescue makes an attempt have been unsuccessful. At one level, President Obama approved a dangerous raid in an try to rescue Kayla, however she and different hostages had already been moved from the placement. In February 2015, Kayla’s captors introduced that she had been killed.
Kayla Mueller was taken hostage by the Islamic State group in 2013
IS later claimed the help employee had been killed by a Jordanian airstrike, however the US maintains the terrorist group was liable for her loss of life
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Within the years since Kayla’s loss of life, her dad and mom have grow to be staunch supporters of Donald Trump, showing on stage at Trump rallies and even talking through the 2020 RNC. “We put all our religion in authorities, however the authorities allow us to down,” Kayla’s father Carl mentioned throughout his RNC speech. “President Obama refused to fulfill with us till ISIS had already beheaded different Individuals. To at the present time, we’ve by no means heard from Joe Biden.”
On Oct. 27, 2019, al-Baghdadi died throughout a raid ordered by President Trump. Kayla’s dad and mom have praised Trump for approving the mission and (as Pence referenced through the debate) are of the opinion that Kayla might have been rescued if Trump had been president through the time she was held hostage. “I nonetheless say Kayla needs to be right here,” Kayla’s mother instructed The Arizona Republic. “And if Obama had been as decisive as President Trump, perhaps she would have been.”
On the vice presidential debate, Mike Pence laid the blame for Kayla’s loss of life — at the very least partly — on the ft of presidential hopeful Joe Biden (who was vice chairman whereas Kayla was held captive). After his remarks, Kamala Harris addressed Kayla’s dad and mom, saying, “I learn about your daughter’s case and I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. What occurred to her is terrible and it ought to have by no means occurred. And I do know Joe feels the identical method. And I do know President Obama feels the identical method.”