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Trump Repeatedly Mocks Pence, Jokes VP Wants To 'Hang' LGBT People

Trump Repeatedly Mocks Pence, Jokes VP Wants To 'Hang' LGBT People

Alec Baldwin returned to portray Donald Trump, joined by Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) in a hilarious cold open that took shots at Senator Bob Corker, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Pence's staged walkout from last weekend's Indianpolis Colts game. Yet Pence isn't "innocent" when it comes to how he treats the community.

One Trump campaign staffer also told The New Yorker that Trump used to ask people leaving meetings with Pence, "Did Mike make you pray?".

In the profile, Jane Mayer writes that President Trump enjoys needling Pence about his religiosity. Which is why Pence is so risky: he does, and Pence is Trump's bridge to the far right wing evangelical arm of the GOP.

"You see?" Trump reportedly said to Pence.

But on the issue of LGBTQ rights, Trump addressed a darker view he suggested Pence held. Trump reportedly joked during the campaign that Pence 'wants to hang them all'.




The statement by Trump, which was intended as a joke, goes too far, but Pence's stance on gays, lesbians, and other non-straight individuals is perceptibly farther to the right than Trump himself - and what mainstream America now finds as accepting.

As a congressman, Pence controversially supported discredited gay conversion therapy. But Pence's discriminatory behavior doesn't stop there. (Same-sex marriage, he warned, would lead to "societal collapse.") In 2015 he signed SB 101, a broad religious freedom law that allows businesses In IN to deny services to LGBT people. One study even discovered children of same-sex couples were happier than their straight-family counterparts.

Pence has a long anti-LGBT history that consists of voting against LGBT rights in Congress, including support for a USA constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage nationwide as well as opposition to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, hate crimes legislation and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal. After weeks of protests and business boycotts, Pence eventually revised the law to explicitly prevent discrimination.

Trump's crude joke at the expense of Pence's views was inappropriate for many reasons. He discussed getting rid of "everything Obama did", from health insurance to the Iran deal to vegetables; he repeatedly called Beck Bennett's Mike Pence to ask him to walk out of places like a National Football League game and a Starbucks; he insulted "liddle itty-bitty" Sen.

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