You have to wonder about Mike Pence, I mean his mental acuity and grasp of reality.
During the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, while many countries see the United States as a bit arrogant, Pence and “Mother” sat as the athletes of each country entered while everyone else was on their feet cheering. He only stood when the United States Olympians marched in.
Pence wanted to “remind the world that everything the North Koreans do at the Olympics is a charade to cover up the fact that they are the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet”, according to a source.
So he took a seat in protest.
The source also said,
“At every opportunity, the V.P. will point out the reality of the oppression in North Korea by a regime that has enslaved its people”. And will “not allow North Korea’s propaganda to hijack the messaging of the Olympics.”
Back in October Pence left a football game in Indiana when players from the San Francisco 49ers knelt during the national anthem.
“President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem. While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the flag and our national anthem.”
In this case, while he will not allow North Korea’s propaganda to hijack the messaging of the Olympics, he and Trump have hijacked the meaning of the NFL protest and portray it as being against the flag, the troops, and the country, not the brutality and inequity.
He accompanied a tweet of a picture of he and “mother” standing with “We were proud to stand – with all our colts- for our soldiers, our flag, and our National Anthem.”
The true reason for the protest was, and continues to be ignored for political points while the real issues continue to be ignored.
And speaking of the Olympics.
U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon, who is openly gay, declined an invitation to meet with Pence before the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Pence was selected for the ceremonial role of leading the U.S. delegation to the Olympic opening ceremony and Rippon wasn’t happy about that.
“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded Gay conversion therapy?”
He said as a Gay person he would not feel welcome at this White House.
Pence’s response through his press secretary was.
“The vice president is proud to lead the U.S. delegation to the Olympics and support America’s incredible athletes. This accusation is totally false and has no basis in fact. Despite these misinformed claims, the vice president will be enthusiastically supporting all the U.S. athletes competing next month in Pyeongchang.”
In spite of his 2000 campaign page saying “resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior“, the claim is that pence never supported that.
Pence himself tweeted
“I want you to know we are FOR YOU. Don’t let the fake news distract you.”
Another Olympian, skier Gus Kenworth, supported Rippon’s objection to Pence.
“To have somebody leading the delegation that’s directly attacked the LGBTQ community, and a Cabinet in general that just sort of stands against us and has tried to do things to set us back, it just seems like a bad fit.”
Pence’s downplaying his own verifiable actions is an attempt to “Starightsplain” to a Gay person that what he has experienced really wasn’t what it was.
And what Gay person hasn’t had to deal with that?
Pence has been actively against GLBT rights over the years, including signing a law that would have legalized anti-GLBT discrimination as Indiana’s governor.
So, you see, anything Pence actually did to strip American Gay people of the rights with which they have been endowed by their creator, leaving them to deal with discrimination in employment, housing, treatment etc. didn’t really happen because Pence says he didn’t do what he actually did.
- ran a conservative think tank that published anti-Gay articles,
- wanted to use HIV/AIDS money to fund conversion therapy,
- protected “religious freedom” at the expense of GLBT rights, and then signed an anti-Gay “Religious Freedom Bill” in a private ceremony surrounded by anti-Gay activists,
- spoke against what he called “mainstreaming Homosexuality” into the military,
- and pushed state lawmakers to send a Gay marriage ban for a vote of the people of Indiana because nothing supports inalienable rights bestowed by a creator than voting on whether that creator was correct.
But, hey, the straight man has told the Gay one it wasn’t all that bad, so it couldn’t have been. And who should know the Gay experience better than a straight guy.
And besides, “I want you to know we are FOR YOU” and now it’s all better.
And the third example of his disconnect was when Pence criticized North Korea for having a large military parade the day before the Olympic games opened, calling it “an ongoing provocation” seeming to forget, or choosing to ignore, that Trump. who invoked such fire and fury as the world has never seen and bragging about the size of his nuclear button while taunting North Korea’s leader with middle school level nicknames, has asked for the a large military parade just like it in the U.S. and the Department of Defense is “putting together some options” for such a military parade.
How insulting to the people of this country that those in leadership positions think we are incapable of remembering things or of even looking them up.
So let me add a fourth offensive disconnect.
Mike Pence thinks of us as and treats us like we are morons.