Donald Trump might be scary and worthy of scorn, but his running mate is a frightening man himself. Many believe Trump selected conservative Indiana Governor Mike Pence to assuage the Republican establishment and its concerns with Trump never having held public office. They also believed that the vanilla and seemingly more moderate Pence might make Trump less unhinged. There’s just one problem: Mike Pence is pretty crazy himself.
We already know that Gov. Pence believes (or believed) smoking doesn’t kill well into the 21st century, still believes climate change isn’t real, and insists creationism should be taught in public schools. But he also believes condoms are “modern,” and too “liberal” to explain to young adults. And this is the man who’s supposed to make Trump seem less crazy?
Pence made these laughable comments concerning condoms in 2002. He was rebutting comments previously made by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell telling an MTV crowd that sexually active young people should protect themselves with condoms. Pretty straightforward stuff when you don’t reside in Crazy Jesusland.
Pence, who appeared on CNN in 2002 to discuss his flawed abstinence-only program, told Wolf Blitzer that it was “very sad” when Powell had the gall to suggest that young people use protection. Here is part of the interview, via CNN:
Well, Wolf, I think it was — given the enormous stature that Colin Powell rightly has, not only in America but in the world community — it was a sad day. I don’t think any administration has had a worse day since boxers and briefs on MTV. And the truth is that Colin Powell had an opportunity here to reaffirm this president’s commitment to abstinence as the best choice for our young people, and he chose not to do that in the first instance, but — and so I think it’s very sad.
What’s his problem with teaching kids to use protection? It’s a liberal conspiracy!
The problem is it was too modern of an answer, Wolf. It was — it truly was a modern, liberal answer to a problem that parents like me are facing all over America, and frankly, all over the world.
Can he hear us from all the way back there in the 1950s?
These comments are even more disturbing when you consider that Gov. Pence allowed an HIV outbreak to spread in his state of Indiana. Instead of opting for a workable program such as clean needle exchanges, Pence decided that praying away AIDS was the sensible route. No word yet on whether he’s caught on to this whole gravity thing.
Gov. Pence, although believed to be the “moderate” check on Trump, is anything but that. His place on the Trump ticket proves that he was selected to cater to the virulently anti-gay and anti-science wing of the Republican party.
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