While Trump has flip-flopped on a variety of issues, Pence has been a reliable stalwart in the cause of Christian jihad — never wavering in his commitment to America-First militarism, the criminalizing of abortion, and utter hatred for gay people.
We’ve seen a lot of focus on Trump and his cabinet choices while his VP choice flew under the radar even during the campaign. But let’s not ignore the intersecting cloverleaf of white supremacy and certain corners of Christianity. According to Jeremey Scahill, writing at The Intercept:
–“The incoming vice president, Mike Pence, has not elicited the same reaction, instead often painted as the reasonable adult on the ticket, a “counterbalance” to Trump and a “bridge to the establishment.” However, there is every reason to regard him as, if anything, even more terrifying than the president-elect. …
Trump is a Trojan horse for a cabal of vicious zealots who have long craved an extremist Christian theocracy, and Pence is one of its most prized warriors. With Republican control of the House and Senate and the prospect of dramatically and decisively tilting the balance of the Supreme Court to the far right, the incoming administration will have a real shot at bringing the fire and brimstone of the second coming to Washington.”–
Any such ascendancy will not be good for many groups, including women and LGBTQ folks. And I don’t think we need to fool ourselves into thinking that the Christianity in question here is of the inclusive sort that will fold in Christian people of color, either.
In 2002, the ACLU gave Pence a 7% rating on civil rights, according to this article.