BY FELIX SIPRA
As President Donald J. Trump continues to fumble and lose the confidence of leaders within the United States and abroad, “President Pence” is sounding better and better. Leaders of the establishment party within the Democratic Party, Republican Party, and the European Union, are tired of the populist candidate. Vice President Pence is seen as a more reasonable character in the administration who could potentially be both a strong leader for the country as well as an individual willing to compromise when necessary. The truth is, President Trump saved Mike Pence from a failing Governor re-election campaign for the sole purpose of uniting the so called moral majority behind the Trump campaign. Vice President Pence is an overly self righteous conservative who uses his moral compass to hurt minorities.
Mike Pence used his governorship over the state of Indiana as a tool to implement his conservative principles. Throughout his tenure, protections of the environment were rolled back for the sake of promoting business in the state of Indiana, this ultimately failed as Indiana’s economic growth lagged significantly behind the national average. Pence also tried to sign a bill into state law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which was worded in such a way it would have allowed for discrimination against LGBT people. There was fierce backlash by the NCAA, Apple, Angie’s List, and others to the point where Pence was forced to revise the legislature amid all the criticism. Pence also failed to reform abortion rights in Indiana, as the Supreme Court found that his semi ban on abortion was unconstitutional. The failures of his governorship far exceed his successes, and this was also preceded by a short, unproductive, stint as congressman. Many of the economic stimulus bills he voted nay on as congressman were utilized to its full extent under his governorship, which just illustrates his absolute lack of backbone in keeping principle.
From a public speaking perspective, Pence far outperforms Trump in bringing the nostalgic, empathetic tone of a politician that many individuals are keen to. This is where people fall to the delusion that Pence could do a better job than Trump. Pence could say the exact same ridiculous things Trump says, maybe even worse due to his strong conservative views, but not invoke the outrage Trump does. Pence’s smoothness as a politician, along with his frankly startling conservative views, makes him one of the most dangerous officials in the Trump administration. Between his failures as governor, hypocrisy as a congressman, and values that do not seem to align at all with the President, it is rational to wonder how Pence even got to be Vice President. Between Trump’s esoteric campaign that garnered the support of pro business conservatives, Trump needed someone who could get the votes of a larger republican base without becoming a moderate. Pence fit this profile perfectly and mainline republicans who were still not moderates flocked to this odd match up.
The American people and the world needs to realize that Vice President Pence is not the savior of the Trump administration, he is a far right politician, whose failures outnumber successes. He is a placement figure, strategically picked by Trump to further his own chances to win the Presidency. Just by looking at Trump’s record, there is not any indication that Pence is a part of the agenda Trump seeks. Pence serves to cast tie breaking votes in Trump’s favor, he is not, nor will be the redeemer moderates wish for.