Opinion | What Makes Mike Pence’s Complicity So Chilling
Indiana gave us Kurt Vonnegut and David Letterman and was a cradle for early African-American jazz recordings. However for a time within the Twenties, no state had more members of the Ku Klux Klan than Indiana — practically one in three native-born white males. And this uniquely American home terror group was soaked within the rituals and piety of rural conservative values.
Pence doesn’t appear to be a hater or a race-baiter, however he actually makes his boss, who’s one, extra palatable to those that profess to reside by godliness. When Trump gave the neo-Nazis at Charlottesville a cross, Pence was fast to the rescue, saying that beneath Trump, “We’re going to proceed to see extra unity in America.”
When the world was appalled on the cruelty of household separation on the border, Pence paid a visit, and stated nothing to see right here, as a result of “We spoke to cheerful kids who have been watching tv, having snacks.”
And simply earlier than the pandemic took an enormous swing for the more serious, Pence penned an essay in The Wall Avenue Journal in June saying no second wave was coming, as a result of “the progress we’ve made is outstanding” and was “a trigger for celebration.”
Since then, one other 100,000 folks have died from Covid-19 in america. And a White Home that refused to observe the essential medical recommendation anticipated of each different American has produced extra new circumstances of the coronavirus over the past week than entire countries in that very same interval.
Pence, as head of the White Home pandemic activity drive, needs to be crawling beneath a rock in disgrace. As a substitute, he’s all bromides and excuses. That “super spreader” occasion within the Rose Backyard, with all of the hugs and solely a handful of individuals sporting masks? Effectively, it was outdoor, Pence stated. Inform that to the marriage planners now going beneath as a result of they couldn’t have their very own particular guidelines.
On well being care, maybe the most important of the Huge Lies of Trumpism, Pence said, “President Trump and I’ve a plan.” In actual fact, they’ve by no means unveiled a plan and are at the moment in court docket making an attempt to dismantle Obamacare and its protections for pre-existing circumstances. As with the pandemic, that is no mere coverage distinction, however blatant disregard for human life by an administration that professes to be “pro-life.”