Vice President Mike Pence has been flying under the radar as of late, but just in case you forgot how terrible he is and what a horror show his presidency would be, he conveniently went on CNN to remind us. What a nice guy!
In an interview with CNN, Dana Bash asked Pence about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony in 2006 where he called Roe v. Wade “settled law.”
“You campaigned extensively on the notion that Roe v. Wade should be consigned to the ash heap of history,” Bash said. “Are you worried that he’s not going to follow what you want to do?”
“Well, Dana, as you know I’m pro-life, I don’t apologize for it,” Pence responded. “And I’m proud to be part of a pro-life administration that advances pro-life policies. But what I can assure you that what the president was looking for here was a nominee who will respect the Constitution as written.” That is not an answer.
“Do you still want Roe v. Wade to be overturned?” Bash pressed.
“I do, but I haven’t been nominated to the Supreme Court,” Pence replied. “I stand for the sanctity of life. This administration, this president are pro-life.”
“But what the American people ought to know,” Pence added, “is that, as the President said today, this is not an issue he discussed with Judge Kavanaugh, I didn’t discuss it with him either.”
Pence’s answer of “of course I’m anti-choice” dances around the grumbling among evangelicals that Kavanaugh won’t follow through on the administration’s promise of ending reproductive rights for women as we know them. On Tuesday, National Review writer David French wrote in the Washington Post that Trump “went establishment” with his pick, and should have instead chosen Amy Coney Barrett, who once called Roe v. Wade an “erroneous decision” and is allegedly part of a hardline Christian group called People of Praise which requires members to swear a lifelong oath of loyalty. It’s been compared to a cult.
In the same interview where he talked about the sanctity of life, Pence also defended family separation.
“Of course there’s a plan,” Pence said, despite the fact that the administration reunited just over half of the children under five it was ordered to reunite with their parents by a Monday deadline. “At times when we prosecute people for entering our country illegally, they’re separated from their children for a period of time. Those children are dispatched to relatives or to foster care and we know where they are and there’s a plan to reunite them.”
Nothing like a fresh reminder that for all of the horrible shit Trump is doing, the vast majority of it would be exactly the same under any other Republican administration.