From conversion therapy to HIV to DADT to marriage, Donald Trump’s likely running mate Mike Pence has long opposed LGBT equality.
Donald Trump, who told the New York Post that rather than asking himself if his vice presidential choice would make a good President that â€œthe most important thing is chemistry,â€ is expected to make his announcement tomorrow at 11 AM EDT in Manhattan.
One neednâ€™t look further than these ten examples of Penceâ€™s record on the LGBT community for evidence:
1. His 2000 congressional campaign platform favored conversion therapy rather than â€œneedyâ€ HIV treatment.
He proposed that Congress should audit their federal spending to ensure that â€œfederal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus,” his website read. Â “Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”
2. That same platform cautioned that LGBT military personnel weakened the military.
â€œHomosexuality is incompatible with military service because the presence of homosexuals in the ranks weakens unit cohesion,â€ his platform read.
An archived version of the website is still available here.
3. He labeled the potential repeal of â€œDonâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tellâ€ as â€œa backdrop for social experimentation.â€
Pence told CNN, â€œI don’t believe the time has come to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I really believe our soldiers that are at the tip of the spear know that. We ought to put their interests and the interests of our national security first.”
4. He voted against same-sex marriage and against prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination while in the House.
As a GOP Congressman, Pence voted in favor of legislation defining marriage as only between a man and a woman, and against legislation prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. He was quoted by The Atlantic as saying that prohibiting workplace discrimination â€œwages war on freedom of religion in the workplace.”
5. Pence supported the Defense of Marriage ActÂ (DOMA).
Even after the section of DOMA barring legally married same-sex couples from having their marriages recognized by the federal government was ruled unconstitutional, PenceÂ said, “I believe marriage is the union between a man and a woman and is a unique institution worth defending in our state and nation. For thousands of years, marriage has served as the glue that holds families and societies together.”
6. He subsequently supported HJR-6, an amendment to Indianaâ€™s constitution banning same-sex marriage.
Penceâ€™s spokeswoman said that Pence â€œsupported the effort to â€˜defend Indianaâ€™s right to define the institution of marriage for the residents of our state.â€™â€ Same-sex marriage was already prohibited in a state statute at the time. He also supported Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoellerâ€™s effort to appeal the ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Indiana.
7. He signed an open letter drafted by the Family Research Council that ran in Politico and the Washington Examiner that supported organizations opposed to same-sex marriage.
â€œWe, the undersigned, stand in solidarityâ€¦ [with] pro-family organizations that are working to protect and promote natural marriage and family,â€ the letter read. â€œWe support the vigorous but responsible exercise of the First Amendment rights of free speech and religious liberty that are the birthright of all Americans.â€
8. Pence was â€œdisappointedâ€ by the Supreme Courtâ€™s decision on nationwide marriage equality.
â€œLike many Hoosiers,â€ he said, â€œI believe marriage is the union between one man and one woman, and I am disappointed that the Supreme Court failed to recognize the historic role of the states in setting marriage policy in this country.â€
9. He opposed guidance from the Department of Education regarding transgender students.
â€œThe federal government has no business getting involved in issues of this nature,â€ he said.
But perhaps most notoriouslyâ€¦
â€” Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) March 26, 2015
10. In 2015, Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law, giving businesses a â€œlicense to discriminateâ€ against the LGBT community.
When asked if businesses should be able to discriminate against the LGBT community, Pence did have little to say:
The announcement will come on the same day that Governor Mike Pence, up for re-election and holding a 40% approval rating, must withdrawal from the gubernatorial race under Indiana law if selected. LGBT and progressive organizations have already begun to issue statements denouncing Pence as Trumpâ€™s running mate.
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Trump Serves Up Paranoid Election Conspiracy Rant for Thanksgiving: ‘Flick of a Switch Can Change Course of History’
President Donald Trump on Thanksgiving broke weeks of refusing to answer questions from reporters, and focusing his anger on Georgia called its Republican Secretary of State “an enemy of the people” while brewing up an insane new conspiracy theory.
After praising GOP Senators in two run-off elections fighting to keep their seats, Trump said he told Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, “you have a fraudulent system.”
“You have a system where the flick of a switch or the putting in of a new chip can change the course of history.”
He also falsely claimed voting rights advocate and former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams had illegally “harvested” 850,000 ballots. In reality, Abrams says 750,000 Georgia voters have requested absentee ballots.
Watch (poor quality video):
JUST IN: President Trump calls GOP Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger the "enemy of the people" as he makes repeated false claims about the 2020 election. pic.twitter.com/1gjvZ4lMq3
— The Hill (@thehill) November 26, 2020
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President Donald Trump used the occasion of Thanksgiving, weeks after Election Day, to declare he will not concede.
Speaking to reporters after calling troops overseas – at 1:16 AM their time, several hours later than scheduled – the President was asked if he will finally concede.
“No I can’t say that at all,” Trump replied, the first time he’s taken questions from reporters in weeks.
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— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) November 26, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden has 306 Electoral College votes, against Trump’s 232.
He also said the Electoral College members will have made a “mistake” if they do not declare him the winner of the 2020 presidential election, as Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs reports.
Asked if the Electoral College votes for Biden if he will concede, Trump tells press pool in 1st post-election Q&A: “It’s going to be a very hard to thing to concede.”
“If they do, they’ve made a mistake” he says of the Electoral College.
Election was 23 days ago. pic.twitter.com/2xkTdNThQ2
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 26, 2020
But he also said he would leave the White House if Biden is the official winner. (Trump frequently denies making remarks he has made.)
“Certainly I will. And you know that,” Trump tells press pool when asked if he’ll exit the White House on Inauguration Day on Jan. 20 in peaceful transition. pic.twitter.com/9ydBsF2j8p
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 26, 2020
Trump, however, is not planning on believing the results.
“I don’t know what is going to happen. I know one thing, Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes,” he added.
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“It’s potentially the mother of all superspreader events,” Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine at George Washington University, tells CNN Thursday.
The U.S. saw more than 181,000 new cases on Wednesday. Current daily deaths are now about 2000 per day. Dr. Reiner says they could come close to 4000 per day soon.
“I expect that the daily death rate will double in the next 10 days,” Reiner says. “We’ll be seeing close to 4,000 deaths a day.”
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