EJ Montini, Arizona Republic Published 6:16 a.m. MT Aug. 11, 2020 | Updated 4:55 p.m. MT Aug. 11, 2020
Vice President Mike Pence during a visit to Arizona in July. (Photo: Rob Schumacher/The Republic)
In the 1990s, when Vice President Mike Pence was a radio talk show host in Indiana, he’d argue that religious faith and moral character were essential to leadership.
Of course, this was before his sold his soul to a serial adulterer who has gleefully violated just about all of the other commandments as well.
Pence is in the Valley on Tuesday to drum up support for the philanderer in chief in the upcoming election, helping to launch what is being called a “Latter-day Saints for Trump” coalition.
I’m sure that Pence and the political sycophants accompanying him will somehow try to sell LDS voters on the “moral” leadership of Trump.
A president for whom factcheckers at The Washington Post have documented 20,000 false and misleading statements. Including some about the coronavirus that no doubt have had deadly consequences.
A man who is more covetous of power, money and fame that perhaps anyone on earth.
A man caught up in a fraudulent schemes like his “university,” which have harmed thousands and cost millions to settle lawsuits.
A man accused of sexual harassment or assault by more than a dozen women.
A man who cheated on his first wife with his second, and who, according to The Wall Street Journal, cheated on his third with a porn star only a few months after his youngest son was born.
Then paid the woman $130,000 to keep quiet.
What would Mike Pence have said about all that before making his deal with the devil?
Pre-Trump Pence once wrote, “Throughout our history, we have seen the presidency as the repository of all of our highest hopes and ideals and values. To demand less is to do an injustice to the blood that bought our freedoms.”
Pre-Trump Pence wanted Bill Clinton removed from office for an affair with an intern.
Pre-Trump Pence said on his radio show:
“I mean, is adultery no longer a big deal in Indiana and in America? I’d just love to know your thoughts because I for one believe that the seventh commandment contained in the Ten Commandments is still a big deal. I maintain that other than promises that we make of fidelity in our faith, the promises that we make to our spouses and to our children, the promises that we make in churches and in synagogues and marriage ceremonies around this, it’s the most important promise you’ll ever make. And holding people accountable to those promises and holding people accountable to respecting the promises that other people make, I, to me, what could possibly be a bigger deal than that in this country?”
For Post-Trump Pence, that would be keeping his job.
Reach Montini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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