GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has officially announced his pick for vice president, and it is scarier than we could have imagined.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is slated to join Trump’s campaign in hopes of becoming his right-hand man in the White House.
Pence has faced scrutiny for signing Indiana’s “religious liberty” bill into law, which directly targeted the LGBTQ community. The discriminatory bill essentially allowed for-profit businesses to legally discriminate against LGBTQ people.
However, after public outrage, the bill was eventually revised. Alas, Pence’s anti-gay stance remains intact.
In addition to his strained relationship with the LGBTQ community, Pence also very clearly holds misogynistic views about women (not unlike his new partner in crime, Trump) which are evidenced by his consistent attacks against Planned Parenthood.
Pence, 57, has outright supported legislation to defund the controversial reproductive health organization multiple times.
“We should end the day when the largest abortion provider is the largest recipient of [Title X] federal funding,” he said back in 2011 during a heated debate on the House Floor.
Mind you, he argued that point in spite of the fact that Planned Parenthood does not use federal funding for abortions.
Throughout his political career, he has been vehemently against Planned Parenthood, thus showing Indiana and the entire country how he truly feels about women’s reproductive rights.
"Mike Pence may be one of the few politicians who cares [sic.] less about women's health and lives than Donald Trump does," Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, reportedly said in a statement.
While Pence is certainly a disturbing choice for vice president, it should be noted that the other people Trump said he was considering for the position would not have been significantly better.
Speaking to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Thursday prior to announcing his pick, Trump sung the praises of Newt Gringrich, Chris Christie, and Pence.
“I mean, I've got three people that are fantastic. I think Newt (Gingrich) is a fantastic person. I think Chris Christie is a fantastic person, been a friend of mine for 15 years — just a fantastic person. And there's Mike, and Mike has done a great job as governor of Indiana. You look at the numbers, and it's been great — he's done really a fantastic job. But I haven't made a final, final decision."
Needless to say, doom was ahead regardless of who he chose.
Based on his political history, Pence is the perfect GOP puppet to represent “conservative values” and submissively follow Trump’s lead.
Even though he previously endorsed Trump’s arch-nemesis, Ted Cruz, for president, he never publicly spoke badly about Trump and even applauded him for giving a “voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans with the lack of progress in Washington, D.C.”
Pence did previously cite Trump’s racist comments about a Mexican-American judge from Indiana as “inappropriate.”
He also somewhat denounced Trump’s proposed Muslim ban by calling it “offensive and unconstitutional,” but his comments about Trump have never been as passionate as the statements he has made against Planned Parenthood, for example.
In a nutshell, Trump’s terrifying campaign just became more dreadful with the announcement of Pence as his running mate.
Like Trump, Pence’s name is synonymous with bigotry, misogyny, and hate.
Trump's decision makes it even more apparent that he is embracing the angry, white supremacist, fanatical right-wing fan base he has gained along the campaign trail.
If we’re lucky, Pence’s pre-existing unfavorable reputation may work against them, swaying more voters toward Hillary Clinton who has, by default, become our only hope.
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