Trump has not disclosed the reason he picked Pence. Speculation is running rampant! Possible motivations include:
- His fingers don’t appear to be any larger than the Donald’s.
2. Pence, like Donald has had his own show, The Mike Pence Show, a talk radio show that he described as “Rush Limbaugh on decaf.”
3. Pence is an attorney. Since Trump has been involved in roughly 3500 lawsuits, Trump obviously values a good attorney.
4. Pence refused to allow a Syrian refugee family into his state, so Trump probably likes his hatred for Muslims.
5. Pence has a history of being committed to ensuring homosexuals are discriminated against. Trump has a history of being tolerant of homosexuality. Trump has been described as the “most LGBT-friendly Republican running for president.” Asked whether private companies should be able to fire employees simply because they’re gay, Trump told “Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd on Sunday that he didn’t think sexual orientation “should be a reason” for letting workers go. Conversely, Pence voted against measures aimed at preventing LGBT discrimination. He supported federal legislation prohibiting same-sex marriage. He gave protection to businesses in Indiana that discriminate against gay people: In March 2015, Pence signed a bill into law permitting business owners to refuse service to gay and lesbian customers due to their religious beliefs. The bill also allowed religious beliefs to be used as a rationale for other forms of discrimination. As my colleague Molly Redden described it: “An employer who refused to hire Jewish employees could cite his religious beliefs as a defense against discrimination lawsuits. So could a landlord who refused to rent to Muslims, or a business that refused to serve atheists.” In response to this bill’s passage, athletes, celebrities, corporate leaders, and others criticized the state publicly, and some even pulled out of planned business projects there. The band Wilco canceled an Indianapolis show, referring to “thinly disguised legal discrimination,” and Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post slamming the law.
6. Pence has made life harder for low-income families: Between 2006 and 2009, Pence voted against raising the minimum wage, expanding health coverage for low-income kids, and providing additional funding for Section 8 vouchers, which help low-income families pay rent.
7. Pence has supported deporting undocumented children and sick people and favors building a fence on the border (sound familiar?): In 2009, Rep. Pence co-sponsored a bill that would have eliminated automatic citizenship for children born on US soil to undocumented parents. A few years earlier, he voted in favor of bills that would have allowed for the detention of undocumented immigrants seeking hospital treatment. He also voted yes on a bill—foreshadowing Trump’s current platform—to build a fence on the Mexico border.
8. He has decimated access to abortion: In March 2016, Gov. Pence signed a measureprohibiting women from obtaining an abortion because of the race, gender, or disability of the fetus, making Indiana only the second state in the nation to do this. The law also held doctors legally liable for wrongful death if it was found they had performed an abortion motivated by one or more of the prohibited reasons. These sorts of bans are opposed by much of the medical community, out of fear that women will censor themselves when it comes to making difficult decisions with the help of their doctors. Following the Supreme Court’s decision in a landmark abortion case in June, a federal judge blocked this Indiana law from going into effect.
9. He slashed Planned Parenthood funding, spurring clinic closures and an HIV outbreak: In 2011, Pence pushed an amendment through the House to defund Planned Parenthood. This amendment helped kick-start a wave of state actions aimed at removing government support from the women’s health provider. Indiana was successful in its efforts, but a federal judge blocked the law from going into effect. When Pence became governor in 2013, Indiana continued to slash resources for the women’s health provider. By 2014, state funding for Planned Parenthood had been cut in half from 2005 levels. The organization was forced to close five of its smaller clinics, none of which had ever provided abortions, but they did provide STD testing. Soon, Scott County, Indiana, home to one of the closed clinics, became the hub of an enormous HIV outbreak.
It seems that Trump found a true conservative running mate who has proved himself to be true to his backward, bigoted, offensive attitudes. He is the perfect choice to illustrate the difference between a candidate like Trump who will say anything he believes he should to win the conservative vote, and someone who really believes the trash he is shoveling.