Prior to being named Donald Trump’s running mate, most people had probably never heard of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. While he did make national headlines last year when he signed a highly controversial anti-LGBT bill, unless you really follow politics (or you lived in or around Indiana) you could be forgiven for not knowing much about him.
On the surface he seems like an ordinary looking, fairly soft-spoken individual. Looks can be deceiving. Make no mistake about it, this man is extremely radical and borderline crazy.
Without getting into everything he’s said or done, here are a few of the more insane things I’ve found over the last few days.
He once wrote that the Disney cartoon Mulan was liberal propaganda meant to manipulate people into thinking women in combat would be a good idea:
It is instructive that even in the Disney film, young Ms. Mulan falls in love with her superior officer! Me thinks the politically correct Disney types completely missed the irony of this part of the story,” writes Pence. “They likely added it because it added realism with which the viewer could identify with the characters. You see, now stay with me on this, many young men find many young women to be attractive sexually. Many young women find many young men to be attractive sexually. Put them together, in close quarters, for long periods of time, and things will get interesting. Just like they eventually did for young Mulan. Moral of story: women in military, bad idea.
Needless to say he’s opposed women being combat or allowing them to register for the draft.
In 2001, he wrote an op-ed declaring that smoking doesn’t kill.
Think about that. Long… long after the debate over the horrific health hazards of smoking had been settled, he wrote an article where he literally said:
Time for a quick reality check. Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill.
I don’t even need to write any sort of follow-up to how totally and completely absurd that is.
Just this past March, he signed into law a bill that requires abortion facilities to bury or cremate aborted fetuses.
While notable, though not-at-all shocking, Pence doesn’t believe in global warming. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that his voting record has been staunchly against protections for the environment.
He’s also not a big believer in evolution, either.
In 2006, he claimed that same-sex marriage would lead to a “societal collapse” and believes that homosexuality is a choice. He also opposed repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and he’s against President Obama’s executive order on transgender bathrooms.
Last year he supported efforts to shut down the government to force the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
Back in 2005, he co-sponsored the Citizenship Reform Act which would have removed birthright citizenship.
Pence also opposes the minimum wage and voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act, two bills aimed at trying to protect women in the workplace against wage discrimination.
There are a few more, but I think I’ve made my point. This is why I’ve said the Trump/Pence pairing is the most anti-women, anti-science, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT, anti-climate change, anti-religious freedom, and anti-progressive presidential ticket we’ve ever seen.