It is often very confusing to imagine how some of the more evangelical members of the GOP can stomach Trump’s disgusting words and behaviors in the name of politics. The Pence family, for instance, are quite extreme in their right-wing religious ideology and yet stand behind a man who’s been divorced twice, impregnated his second wife while still married to the first one, has said absolutely disgusting things about women and bragged about his own promiscuity, and now has five children by three different women as a result.
Politics makes strange bedfellows, indeed.
According to a new report by The Atlantic, while Vice President Mike Pence struggles to hold on to his uber-religious identity in the face of Trump’s decidedly non-Christian behavior, his wife struggles to tolerate Trump at all. The night that the Access Hollywood tape was released, for instance, Karen Pence was reportedly truly offended by the words that came out of Trump’s mouth.
‘In the short time they’d known each other, Trump had made an effort to convince Pence that—beneath all the made-for-TV bluster and bravado—he was a good-hearted man with faith in God. On the night of the vice-presidential debate, for example, Trump had left a voicemail letting Pence know that he’d just said a prayer for him. The couple was appalled by the video, however. Karen in particular was “disgusted,” says a former campaign aide. “She finds him reprehensible—just totally vile.”’
For a woman who considers it sinful for her husband to even meet with women alone in the course of business, it is a reversal of everything she claims to hold dear to work alongside President Trump and his former nude model wife, Melania. However, the contradictory face she puts on in order to reconcile her own religious beliefs with Trump’s bombastic and nasty personality may not be so hard to understand at all when one considers that the Pences may believe that this is all part of “God’s plan” to install Karen Pence’s own husband as leader of the free world.
‘Yet Pence might also have thought he glimpsed something divine in that moment of political upheaval—a parting of the seas, God’s hand reaching down to make his will known. Marc Short told me that in moments of need, Pence turns to a favorite passage in Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Short said, “Mike believes strongly in the sovereignty of God, and knowing that the Lord has a plan for him.”’
While the GOP scrambles to retain their “family values” platform under Trump, who recently endorsed an accused pedophile from Alabama, Roy Moore, to the U.S. Senate, it’s easy to see where Karen Pence’s concerns come from.
After all, Trump has destroyed the presentation of evangelical Christianity from the Pences and everyone else who supports him.
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