Amidst the chaos of the current administration, it’s easy to forget that Donald Trump does not exist in a vacuum. His rise to the presidency was aided by other politicians who threw in their lot with Trump.
One of these compromising politicians is now-Vice President Mike Pence. If you would’ve told the political world five years ago that ultra-right wing conservative evangelical Mike Pence would support Donald Trump, you would have been mocked and called crazy.
This is the Mike Pence who is so conservative that Disney’s Mulan offended him:
Mike Pence once wrote an editorial about how the movie “Mulan” was a Disney plot to normalize women in the military.
I just like to tell people that.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) January 26, 2018
This is the Mike Pence who still doesn’t think that mothers should work:
‘For years, we have gotten the message from the mouthpieces of the popular culture that you can have it all, career, kids and a two-car garage…Sure, you can have it all, but your day-care kids get the short end of the emotional stick.’
This is the Mike Pence who is so obsessed with family values that he thinks the U.S. should send those to Africa (instead of condoms) to stop the spread of HIV:
‘The timeless values of abstinence and marital faithfulness before condom distribution are the cure for what ails the families of Africa. It is important that we not just send them money, but we must send them values that work.’
Pence takes his wedding vows so seriously that he refuses to eat alone with a women that is not his wife.
Given these values and his assertion that they stem from his Christian beliefs, Trump seems a strange bedfellow for uber-Christian Mike Pence.
Didn't Trump say that he's never felt the need to ask God for forgiveness? Pretty sure that's high up in Christian dogma. I don't recall any Christian leaders ever saying that asking for forgiveness from sin is optional.
— Michael B (@themeddlerblog) April 15, 2018
Trump describes taking communion to Iowa Christian conservatives: "Drink my little wine, have my little cracker"
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) July 18, 2015
But that hasn’t stopped Pence from throwing his lot in with Trump. In this terrifying clip, you can hear Pence’s desperate calls to end the investigation into Trump’s collusion with Russia and subsequent obstructions of justice. His words are terrifyingly similar to the notoriously corrupt Richard Nixon:
This video shows Mike Pence and Richard Nixon using almost the same exact words, in calling for the end of the investigations into their administrations.
I have a feeling both of these administrations end in the same way.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 11, 2018
Perhaps Pence should refresh his understanding of Matthew 6:24, and take this lesson to heart:
You can’t serve both God and Trump.
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