In a way, Donald Trump's running mate is more dangerous than Trump himself

Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate may be even scarier than trump. He plays the traditionalist card that Trump cannot, so Republicans are likely to see the pair as more palatable. Pence has been a member of the Republican party a long time.

Pence was elected to Congress in 2000, after a brief career in radio and broadcasting, and he was elected as the chair of the House Republican Conference in 2008, according to politico. He has served as the governor of Indiana since 2013, a position, according to the Trump campaign, that he has done very well.

Pence’s career has been a consistent upward trajectory of what seems at first to be average conservatism. His voting record, however, indicates that he is just as bigoted as Mr. Trump, simply coated in Christian rhetoric, which evangelicals will eat right up all the way to the polls in November.

Pence’s Christian beliefs do not, apparently, extend to the protection of those in crisis, since he directed all state agencies in Indiana to stop accepting refugees from Syria until “proper security measures could be put in place” (Indiana Star). Just like Trump, Pence is a bigot and a xenophobe. He doesn’t have the orange hair, but he has the prejudice.

Pence has also shown himself to be a tried and true homophobe. Signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015, essentially allows anyone to refuse service to anyone else on religious grounds. A caterer foe example could refuse to cook for a gay wedding.

The bill caused huge controversy, but Pence defended it by saying, “I will not support any bill that diminishes the religious freedom of Hoosiers or interferes with the constitutional rights of our citizens to live out their beliefs in worship, service or work. Even if protecting religious freedom means that LGBT Americans cannot  get the services they need and want, Pence wants to throw himself behind it.

What these and other actions show is that in fact Pence is just as frighteningly bigoted as Donald Trump, but he isn’t painted with Trump’s outlandishly broad strokes, so he is seen as normal and even acceptable. As the GOP wades into wilder and wilder waters, they see themselves captained by a figure they recognize, a white,  Christian family man from the Midwest, so they don’t jump ship. With Pence by his side, Trump has a better shot at selling himself to the establishment and winning this election.

That is why we need to expose Mike Pence as what he is before it is too late. Chances are, he’ll be the one actually running the country if Trump wins the election.


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