Report: Trump Has ‘Joked’ Mike Pence ‘Wants to Hang’ All Gay People
Mike Pence, the Vice President of The United States, Does Not Believe in Evolution
Even PresidentÂ Donald Trump is aware just how anti-gay his vice president is. According to a report in this week’s The New Yorker, Trump has “joked” that Mike Pence “wants to hang” all gay people.Â
In “The Danger of President Pence,” the magazine’sÂ Jane Mayer profiles the far right wing, uber-conservative, anti-LGBT, anti-women former Indiana governor, and details some of his interactions with the President.
“A staff member from Trumpâ€™s campaign recalls him mocking Penceâ€™s religiosity,” The New Yorker notes. “When the conversation turned to gay rights, Trump motioned toward Pence and joked, ‘Donâ€™t ask that guyâ€”he wants to hang them all!'”
Trump during theÂ campaign had promised LGBT people he would be the most pro-LGBT president ever, and moreÂ supportive than HillaryÂ Clinton. He of course lied. But to have chosen Pence as his VP, knowing the former Indiana governor’s positions onÂ issues like LGBTÂ people’s rights, is even more despicable.
Pence, of course, became nationallyÂ infamous for signing into law Indiana’s “religious freedom” bill that allowedÂ anyone, including corporations, to discriminate against LGBT people. Here’s the photo of the signing ceremony:
It became such a lightning rod Pence was forced to sign another law specifying the first did not allow discrimination. It still cost the state at least tens of millions of dollars. In the Trump administration, Pence is believed to have a hand in many of Trump’s anti-LGBT moves.)
That same campaign staff member also “said that, when people met with Trump after stopping by Penceâ€™s office, Trump would ask them, ‘Did Mike make you pray?’ Two sources also recalled Trump needling Pence about his views on abortion and homosexuality. During a meeting with a legal scholar, Trump belittled Penceâ€™s determination to overturn Roe v. Wade. The legal scholar had said that, if the Supreme Court did so, many states would likely legalize abortion on their own. ‘You see?’ Trump asked Pence. ‘Youâ€™ve wasted all this time and energy on it, and itâ€™s not going to end abortion anyway.'”
Trump clearly has no ideologies or moral callings, that’s always been clear. Which is why Pence is so dangerous: he does, and Pence isÂ Trump’s bridge to the far right wingÂ evangelical arm of the GOP.
The New YorkerÂ details the rampant evangelical activity, as NCRM hasÂ reported,Â thanks to Pence, that takes place inside Trump’s White House.
There have been other evangelical Christians in the White House, including Carter and George W. Bush, but Penceâ€™s fundamentalism exceeds theirs. In 2002, he declared that â€œeducators around America must teach evolution not as fact but as theory,â€ alongside such theories as intelligent design, which argues that life on Earth is too complex to have emerged through random mutation. Pence has described intelligent design as the only â€œremotely rational explanation for the known universe.â€
Mike Pence, theÂ Vice President ofÂ the United States, does not believe in evolution.
At the White House, Pence has been hosting a Bible-study group for Cabinet officers, led by an evangelical pastor named Ralph Drollinger. In 2004, Drollinger, whose organization, Capitol Ministries, specializes in proselytizing to elected officials, stirred protests from female legislators in California, where he was then preaching, after he wrote, â€œWomen with children at home, who either serve in public office, or are employed on the outside, pursue a path that contradicts Godâ€™s revealed design for them. It is a sin.â€ Drollinger describes Catholicism as â€œa false religion,â€ calls homosexuality â€œa sin,â€ and believes that a wife must â€œsubmitâ€ to her husband. Several Trump Cabinet officials have reportedly attended the Bible-study group, including DeVos, Pompeo, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In a recent interview with the Christian Broadcast Network, Drollinger said that Pence â€œhas uncompromising Biblical tenacityâ€ and â€œbrings real value to the head of the nation.â€
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), an LGBT legal organization, posted this in response:
This is #NotNormal. This is not normal. This is not normal. This is not normal. This is not normal. This is not normal. This is not normal. This is not normal. This is not normal. #LGBTQ https://t.co/fM8Q9FXFgs
â€” NCLRðŸ³ï¸â€ðŸŒˆ (@NCLRights) October 16, 2017
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Trump Indictment Is a Massive 34 Counts: CNN
When he appears in New York next week, Donald Trump will face a 34-count indictment.
CNN’s John Miller on-air Thursday evening announced, “I am told by my sources that this is 34 counts of falsification of business records, which is probably a lot of charges involving each document, each thing that was submitted, as a separate count.”
JUST IN: CNN’s John Miller says Trump will face 34 counts related to falsifying business recordshttps://t.co/XqxXbMBcSC pic.twitter.com/oY1blHS8K0
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 30, 2023
Attorney Tristan Snell, who assisted in the successful prosecution of the Trump University case for the New York Attorney General’s Office, responded via Twitter:
“This is WAY more than expected. If this is correct, it could mean that the indictment covers FAR more than the Stormy Daniels hush money — like Karen McDougal hush money or other hush money/catch-and-kill cases.”
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“My hunch for a while,” Snell adds, “given [David] Pecker’s involvement and the drawn-out timetable of the indictment, plus the TWENTY interviews of Michael Cohen with the DA, showed that something far larger than Stormy might be in the works.”
“May still be wrong, of course. But 34 counts is a LOT!”
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Says It Is Coordinating With Trump to ‘Surrender’
Donald Trump’s attorneys were notified Thursday afternoon a Manhattan grand jury had voted to indict him on felony charges related to his alleged hush money payoff of a porn star he reported slept with.
The ex-president’ attorney recently said if indicted Trump would travel to New York to turn himself in.
The Office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has just issued a strongly-worded statement saying it is “coordinating” with Trump’s attorneys for his “surrender.”
“This evening we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan D.A.’s Office for arraignment on a Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal. Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected,” the statement reads.
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The Daily Beast’s Jose Pagliery posted the statement to Twitter.
Breaking news: Manhattan DA is negotiating for Trump’s “surrender.” pic.twitter.com/9fFx7heiGA
— Jose Pagliery (@Jose_Pagliery) March 30, 2023
NBC News explains the process, noting he is expected to be arraigned next week.
“After the indictment, Trump will be arrested and taken into custody. He will likely have a mug shot and fingerprints taken,” NBC reports. “Trump will then appear in court to be arraigned, where he will hear charges and enter a plea. Two sources familiar with the situation told NBC News that the former president is likely to be arraigned next week. Trump will either be jailed or released while pre-trial hearings take place.”
'INDICTED FOR HIS BEHAVIOR'
‘You Can’t Stand on Fifth Avenue and Just Shoot Somebody’: Donald Trump Indicted – Legal Experts Respond
Just past 5:00 PM ET The New York Times broke the news that Donald Trump, the ex-president, had been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on felony charges.
It is a historic moment.
Legal experts are weighing in to help guide Americans through an event that has never before happened in this country.
Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman says the fact that this is the first time in U.S. history a president is facing criminal charges is itself a problem.
“I think it would have not been a novel event,” Ackerman said on MSNBC, “if we had done this 49 years ago with Richard Nixon, and he had not been pardoned, this will not be a big event [that] it is today.”
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“Everybody should be held accountable,” Ackerman added, citing former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s earlier remarks. Cohen testified repeatedly before the Manhattan grand jury that indicted Trump late Thursday afternoon after a three-hour session.
Ackerman lamented that despite over 30 people being indicted during Watergate, “Richard Nixon was pardoned, he wasn’t held accountable.”
“I think this is very important,” Ackerman continued, “establishing a principle, a line in the sand, that even if you’re the President of the United States, and you commit a crime, you can’t stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and just shoot somebody.”
Ackerman was referring to Trump’s infamous comments during the 2016 election, when he bragged he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”
Attorney and civil rights activist Maya Wiley, also on MSNBC, said, “It’s important and sobering that we had somebody who had the highest office of this country who has now ben indicted for his behavior, his acts, in order to win that office, but also faces what are more shoes that will drop, I believe.”
“It is a sobering moment for this country, that we are witnessing this happened to somebody who was entrusted with such power who has now had a jury of his peers, because that is what a grand jury also is, say we believe he had to face the music.”
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Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, now a professor of law, called this a “moment where we would do well to seriously assess who we are as Americans and who we are not as Americans, because we re all so familiar with Donald Trump’s tactics.”
Fmr. federal prosecutor @JoyceWhiteVance joins “The Beat” on news of Donald Trump’s indictment – “A moment where we would do well to seriously assess who we are as Americans and who we are not as Americans.” pic.twitter.com/H4odpLre3C
— The Beat with Ari Melber 📺 (@TheBeatWithAri) March 30, 2023
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