A scant week after the GOP nomination, failed Indiana Gov. Mike Pence shows us how he’d be a failed vice president, too. Luckily, Donald Trump is unlikely to ever sit in the Oval Office.
Winning over the military is a go-to strategy in the aspiring fascist dictator’s playbook. Yet Mike Pence seems determined to follow in his boss’ footsteps and piss them off instead. Perhaps we should all feel grateful for small blessings.
On Sunday, Mike Pence started out with a stunningly cynical Facebook post. First, he glossed over how Donald Trump trashed DNC speaker Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala. Then he claimed he and his boss “cherish” their deceased son, Humayun Khan, and all Gold Star families.
Finally, as the rotting cherry on his shit sundae, Mike Pence blamed Khan’s death on Barack Obama and Hillary and Clinton — even though George W. Bush was POTUS in 2004 — and affirmed their intention of keeping out Muslim immigrants like the Khans.
US Military mom to Mike Pence: “How do you tolerate his disrespect?”
On Monday, Mike Pence stood by as rabid Donald Trump supporters booed a military mom during his Town Hall Q&A in Carson City NV. After giving a speech, Pence took questions from the crowd.
A woman named Katherine stood up, introduced herself as a military mom, and began to ask her question:
“Time and time again Donald Trump has disrespected our armed forces and has disrespected Khizr Khan and his family […]”
Alas, we can only hear the final part of her question, because she got loudly and rudely drowned out by the booing Trumpkins. But she refused to back down.
“You [Mike Pence] have a son in the military. How do you tolerate his disrespect?”
Mike Pence then thanked her and — as the booing resumed — declared that this is what “freedom” looks and sounds like. No, I am not kidding.
“Well, I thank you for your question. [The booing resumes] This is what freedom looks like, and what freedom sounds like.”
That’s right. Freedom’s all about angry white people being allowed to disrespect the families of soldiers who fight and die in the wars they likely voted for. Nice. Real nice.
Mike Pence then proceeds to deliver a smarmy reply that sounds a lot like his Facebook post, without the part where he blames Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and then promises to keep Muslim immigrants out.
Watch: Mike Pence’s unruly band of Trumpkins disrespect a military mom.
Nor was this military mom alone in her disgust. On Monday, President Barack Obama also let America know he’d had enough. At a conference for disabled veterans, he declared,
“I’m pretty tired of some folks trash-talking our troops.”
The GOP’s White House hopeful has called us “weak and ineffective” on terrorism, because we don’t torture enough. He has declared our military to be “a disaster.” He has accused US troops ofstealing cash in Iraq. He called John Allen, a four-star general who retired to care for his ailing wife, “a failed general.”
Barack Obama couldn’t stand by and let Donald Trump and Mike Pence insult Humayun Khan‘s family with impunity. For saving the lives of the men under his command by intercepting a truck full of explosives, the young man earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
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