Mike Pence- 2016 Update

Last year at this time, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” was discussing how Indiana Governor Mike Pence was considered to be an early establishment candidate for president that the Republican Party thought they would be able to rally behind in the 2016 elections. He was a sitting six-term Congressman from 2001 through 2012, establishing conservative bona fides while winning elections comfortably. He actually won a 2010 Straw Poll at the Value Voters Summit where they thought he was their best choice to run against Barack Obama in 2012, but Pence opted to run for re-election as Governor of Indiana, and bide his time for what was to be a run in 2016. Then Gov. Pence, the  true believer in the American culture wars that he is, went and signed Indiana’s “religious freedom” law to allow for the legal discrimination of the LGBT community, then denied that the point of the bill was allowing discrimination (and making many send him the literal definition of “discrimination” since he seemed unable to understand it) and claiming he was incapable of discrimination because he once participated in an anniversary walk in Selma, Alabama. That only made critics note that during his time in the U.S. House, he actually campaigned on an agenda to “oppose any effort to recognize homosexual’s as a ‘discreet and insular minority’ entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities,” or that he called for “an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus“ and instead, ”Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior“. If you’re unclear as to what that means, it’s that Pence wanted money redirected towards gay conversion therapy, which doesn’t actually work, and is considered a human rights violation. But that’s not all. Pence responded to the Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes Act by making the ludicrous claim that it would allow intimidation towards or even charges to be filed against pastors who expressed a Biblical worldview critical to homosexuality, and also tried arguing that the 2010 repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would, in his words, “weaken unit cohesion”, and once voted for a Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as only between one man and one woman.  Factor in the time Pence is awful enough to women that he voted against all equal pay legislation including the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, railed against the Disney cartoon Mulan for implying that women might be able to honorably serve in the military, and actually had an Indiana woman arrested for having a miscarriage because his obsession with cracking down on reproductive rights is that over-the-top insane. We’re talking that he voted for for the Terry Schiavo Incapacitated Persons Protection Bill extreme, here. We’re saying that he was a sponsor of the legislation that tried to defund Planned Parenthood back in 2011, and his ”evidence“ of wrongdoing was a DIFFERENT doctored fraud of a video produced by friends of Breitbart News hacks like James O'Keefe. Pence also compared the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act to 9/11, and in early 2015 decided state taxpayer dollars should be allocated towards  a state-run news service with two employees being paid $100,000 salaries to present a point of view where Mike Pence could do no wrong (cancelled after taxpayers called him out on wasting their money on him lying to them). Pence denied a link between smoking an cancer as late as 2001 (he was accepting money from the big tobacco lobby), and denies climate change is a thing to this day.

As you may have heard, Donald Trump decided that Mike Pence should be his running mate on the 2016 GOP ticket as his vice president. Although, he apparently tried reneging on the offer at the last minute. And then Trump botched the announcement and roll out to get the GOP hyped. And then the campaign logo for the new ticket was openly mocked because THIS is what Trump’s idea men came up with:

Pence spent most of the VP debate pretending Donald Trump didn’t actually say all of the wildly deranged things he says out loud, and on social media, which was far better than the forgettable speech he gave at the RNC (he was clearly overshadowed by Ted Cruz telling people to ”vote their conscience“). Maybe Pence’s speech would have been better if he wasn’t distracted by the inclusion of AIDS Activists in the proceedings. And what a great campaigner Pence wasn’t. When he couldn’t help look like he was mildly aroused by the thought of, as he put it, sending Roe v. Wade to the ”ash heap of history.

Hell, he even managed to take on some of Trump’s worst habits… like falling all over himself to not say disparaging things about white supremacist David Duke, or praising Vladimir Putin. Heck, trying to defend Donald Trump isn’t easy, like say when you have to spin how he isn’t a fascist for talking about jailing his opponent during a presidential debate, but Pence was kept on his toes by girls as young as eleven years old trying to make excuses for Trump around the time the tape of him talking about ”grabbing women by the p***y“ hit.

And, in spite of Donald Trump being Trump, and Mike Pence being the coalesced nightmares of the LGBT community and women everywhere, they defied all the odds, and all the polling, and inexplicably won office. And then, suddenly, everyone finally got properly scared that with a Republican president, Republican House, and Republican Senate, that things like gay marriage, or reproductive rights would be fair game for him to restrict. Oh, and then they remembered that Mike Pence also has talked about wrecking Social Security, too. Or that he casually can talk about resuming a torture program at Guantanamo Bay Prison.

So maybe that’s why we don’t feel bad for Mike Pence when people donate to Planned Parenthood in his name, or when he shows up at a performance of Hamilton, and acts surprised when the audience boos him, or that he gets a lecture from a cast of minorities, gays, and even an HIV Positive lead actor to remind him that he’s spent his whole career making legislative and executive decisions to slight anyone who wasn’t a straight rich white male.

Because he’s going to be the VP to the greatest threat to our democracy to ever sit in the Oval Office due to being completely inexperienced and unfit for office, Mike Pence could end up being the most powerful person to ever hold that title, or easily be elevated to the President should Trump be impeached or otherwise removed from office by his Cabinet due to mental instability.

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In 2011, Pence led the charge to defund Planned Parenthood

Last year, he also famously signed a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act" that would have let businesses refuse services to gay customers on religious grounds.
BREAKING: Obama Just Ensured PERMANENT Funding For Planned Parenthood
This is HUGE! President Obama has just ensured that millions of American men and women will have access to the reproductive health they deserve.

“President Obama has taken decisive steps to protect Planned Parenthood’s federal funding once and for all, dealing a decisive blow to anti-choice religious extremists and misogynist Republicans around the country who have been fighting tirelessly to destroy the beloved reproductive healthcare provider once and for all.

The Obama Administration has announced a new rule that would ban states from withholding Title X family planning funds from certain recipients for any reason other than the provider’s “ability to deliver services to program beneficiaries in an effective manner.”

“This will make a real difference in so many people’s lives. Thanks to the Obama administration, women will still be able to access the birth control they need to plan their families, and the cancer screenings they need to stay healthy!” cheered Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood. “This rule makes it clear that politicians cannot ignore the law as they pursue their agenda to stop women from getting the care they need.”

Read the full piece here



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