11 Scary Things You Need To Know About Trump’s VP, Mike Pence

A lot of people anticipated that Donald Trump would choose a running mate that could help him balance out the ticket, but that does not appear to be the case. Though he won’t officially announce his VP pick until Friday, multiple sources have confirmed that the presumptive Republican nominee will select Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Choosing Pence is pretty much Trump’s way of doubling down on the intolerance and far-right ideology that has characterized his campaign thus far.

Heck, fellow governors have labeled Pence a “bigot,” meaning we’ve got an all-bigot ticket on our hands! If that’s not alarming enough, here are some other reasons to panic about this choice:

1. Hes Made Headlines With His Religious Freedom Law

When the governor signed the state’s controversial “right to discriminate” bill into law, he defended it as a good thing for the state. He craftily pretended that it was not designed to discriminate LGBT people even though it was clearly meant to do just that all along.

However, corporations threatened to pull money from Indiana’s economy and Pence realized his state was going to suffer big time if the law remained untouched. From there he pledged to “fix” the law to protect LGBT people.

2. Hes No Fan of Gay People

Make no mistake, Pence may have backtracked, but he is no supporter of the LGBT community. Over the years as a politician, he’s pushed for constitutional amendments to define marriage as between a man and a woman, he’s opposed legislation that deemed violence against gay people a hate crime and he’s declined to fund HIV/AIDS programs that “celebrate” a gay lifestyle.

3. Hes Anti-Immigration

Trump is best known to voters as a man who wants to build a wall on the Mexican border, and Pence is no different – he previously voted to put a wall on the same border. Additionally, he has moved to end birthright citizenship to “anchor babies” and wanted to require that hospitals report undocumented patients to immigration officials.

Back in 2006 when the House and Senate were having a difficult time agreeing on immigration reform, Pence offered up a “compromise” bill that offered no amnesty to immigrants currently living in the country. That’s hardly a compromise – that’s a tougher stance than most conservatives take, actually.

4. He’s a Gun-Nut

Pence is a big proponent of the second amendment, even when the ideas stop making common sense. Recently, he’s signed laws like one that allows people to bring guns into school parking lots and another one that deprives people of the ability to sue gun dealers that negligently (or intentionally) sell guns to felons

Pence has an A+ rating from the NRA, which is not an easy grade to receive unless you side with the NRA every time.

5. Hes Needlessly Tough on Drugs

At a time when a lot of the nation began to at least consider decriminalizing marijuana, Pence went the other way on possession of cannabis. He proposed that being caught with even a tiny amount of weed should count as a felony rather than a misdemeanor, thereby ensuring a prison system overcrowded with non-violent criminals is kept intact.

6. Hes Buddies With the Koch Brothers

“I’ve met David Koch on several occasions,” Pence said. “I’m grateful to have enjoyed his support.” In particular, he thanked the Koch brothers and their organization Americans for Prosperity for their “activism” in helping to reduce the income tax in Indiana and (supposedly) limiting the role of government.

7. Hes Frighteningly Anti-Choice

While it may be too much to expect a pro-choice VP nominee from Trump, did he have to choose a man with such clear contempt for a woman’s autonomy over her body? Indiana has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, thanks in large part to Pence’s leadership on this issue.

In addition to turning the defunding of Planned Parenthood into his personal hobby, Pence promoted laws designed to humiliate women and make abortion procedures less safe. Some of his own Republican colleagues disagreed with his ideas, worried that his emphasis was on punishing women rather than actually saving fetuses.

8. Hes a Tea Party Hero”

Pence’s small government, slash taxes and budgets approach to legislating has made him a favorite among Tea Party members. The Washington Post deemed him a “tea party Republican before there was a tea party.”

9. Hes Tried to Block Refugees

Last year, at a time when Syrian refugees were fleeing from their home country for their lives, Pence banned state agencies from bringing Syrian refugees into Indiana. “Indiana has a long tradition of opening our arms and homes to refugees from around the world, but, as governor, my first responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of all Hoosiers,” he said.

Fortunately, a federal judge subsequently rejected Pence’s ban for being blatantly discriminatory.

10. Hes Not an Environmentalist

When Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan in 2015, Pence was one of the scheme’s most vocal critics. He put the “health of the economy” above the health of the environment, saying he needed to look out for energy companies as the state’s job providers.

His response shouldn’t be that surprising, considering he previously declared, “I think the science is very mixed on the subject of global warming.”

11. Hes Extremely Religious

Pence was actually raised in a Catholic, apolitical household , but later became a born-again Christian after meeting his wife.

When asked to describe himself, Pence says he is “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.” In other words, he puts his faith first, which is probably why he can’t get behind any socially liberal ideas.

Pence is expected to be a big hit with evangelical voters who might be unconvinced of Trump’s self-professed strong Christian faith.

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

155 comments

John B
John B3 months ago

Thanks Kevin.

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Brian de Castro
Brian de Castro8 months ago

If you're a Christian, by definition, you should care about others no matter their race, origin or sexual orientation, you should care about God's green earth, you should care about the poor and the hungry, you should be against guns, whose sole purpose is to kill, and you should eschew wealth and money. Which makes it impossible to be both a Christian and a Conservative/Republican. These so-called Christians have no idea what it means to be a true Christian. If they think Jesus would fall in line with the Republican way or side with Trump or Pence on anything, they are clueless.

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Mike Kelly
Mike K10 months ago

Margaret Goodman, "Also thanks to Deborah S., David F., scarlett g., RK R., Steve F., Kay Buhler, David R., Arthur Kimball, JOHN D., and Elaine Al Meqdad for ensuring that the rest of us know where they stand."

Yep, Margaret, they stand where they've always stood. They're voting for the guy who calls climate change "a hoax", and for the guy who tells us that cigarette "smoking doesn't kill."

You know, it's really amazing that the peanut gallery you've mentioned above presents itself as critical thinkers making a choice after long consideration.

Buffoons.

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Margaret Goodman
Margaret G10 months ago

Steve F. wrote of Pence's policies, " ... policies are actually favored by most Americans. ... " I did not know that most Americans were for the tobacco industry and totally against the environment, marijuana use, Planned Parenthood, and any gun control..

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Margaret Goodman
Margaret G10 months ago

Also thanks to Deborah S., David F., scarlett g., RK R., Steve F., Kay Buhler, David R., Arthur Kimball, JOHN D., and Elaine Al Meqdad for ensuring that the rest of us know where they stand.

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Margaret Goodman
Margaret G10 months ago

Jenn C. wrote, " ... I see only two things wrong with him according to this list: his Koch brothers friendship and not caring too much for the environment." Thank you Jenn C. for corroborating that you are not a big fan of the LGBT community, immigrants, gun control laws, marijuana use for any reason, women controlling their reproductive lives, and people that are not right wing Christians and/or tea partiers.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C10 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Teresa Antela
Teresa A11 months ago

Noted

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Deborah Servey
Deborah Servey11 months ago

That Trump is still a viable candidate is frightening enough, but his choice for VP caps the deal.

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld11 months ago

Leslie D.,
It seems as if the writers here behave as if they are an extension of the Democratic Party. Everything they write is skewed in that direction.

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