Mike Pence was one of the many GOP politicians who blasted Trump for trying to ban Muslims from traveling to the United States when he first suggested it back in December. In fact, Pence called the proposal “offensive and unconstitutional.” However, now that Pence is officially Trump’s running mate for the 2016 presidential election, it seems he has definitely changed his tune. The Indiana governor turned vice presidential hopeful had an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity and had this to say about Trump’s controversial proposal:
I am very supportive of Donald Trump’s call to temporarily suspend immigration from countries where terrorist influence and impact represents a threat to the United States. What I’ve heard from Donald Trump, and I believe the position he’s articulated that resonates with millions of Americans, is that we’ve got to find out what’s going on, and we’ve got to do something different, and we’ve got to put the safety and security of the American people first.
The thing is, though, that includes countries like Turkey, which are our allies in NATO. After all, on Friday night, they actually had a military coup underway. Trump and Pence seriously don’t seem to understand what they are doing here. Or, most likely, Pence certainly does, which is why he originally strongly opposed such an outrageous proposition. However, it seems Pence is now fully aboard the Trump Train – offensive, nonsensical, and impractical proposals and all.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said that the current position (there have been many) is that people from “terror states” (there’s no indication which countries are on that list for the Trump/Pence team) will not be allowed in.
Pence doubled down on his new support of Trump’s ban, saying that “there’s no question it’s the right view.” He also said that he “absolutely” supports Trump’s insanity about building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
So, in other words, here we have a seasoned politician who has criticized Trump’s wackier statements and proposals in the past, and very forcefully at that, saying that he now supports said proposals now that he is Trump’s running mate. This nothing more than political opportunism, and Pence should be ashamed of himself. Then again, Pence’s own presidential aspirations were killed after he signed his controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which actively discriminated against his LGBTQ community in the Hoosier State last summer. The whole nation condemned his signing of the bill, and he knew better than to even try for a presidential bid of his own. In fact, it got so bad that he ran to the Koch Brothers to save his approval ratings
. The VP spot is Pence’s consolation prize, and he’s willing to do anything he has to do to get it.
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