While Trump has flip-flopped on a variety of issues, Pence has been a reliable stalwart throughout his public life in the cause of Christian jihad.
Mike Pence has a close relationship with Blackwater founder ErikPrince who represents the Christian supremacist movement. He called Watergate conspirator Charles “Chuck” Colson, the author of Nixon’s enemies list, a dear friend and mentor. They work for a religious/political future, a faith-based revolution, where extremist Christians set US policy agenda.
Pence’s ascent to the second most powerful position in the U.S. government is a tremendous coup for the radical religious right.
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.
“The enemy, to them, is secularism. They want a God-led government. That’s the only legitimate government,” contends Jeff Sharlet, author of two books on the radical religious right, including “The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power.” “So when they speak of business, they’re speaking not of something separate from God, but they’re speaking of what, in Mike Pence’s circles, would be called biblical capitalism, the idea that this economic system is God-ordained.”
… Pence’s selection portends a governing apocalypse.
… , Pence has been a reliable stalwart throughout his public life 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 …
Both in rhetoric and policy, Pence has compared “radical Islam” to the “evil empire of the Soviet Union” and said that he and Trump will “name the enemy” and “marshal the resources of our nation and our allies to hunt them down and destroy them before they threaten us.”
“We’ll see Roe v. Wade consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs,” Pence promised. He has long sought to have 14th Amendment protections applied to fetuses, arguing that they should be declared persons.
Pence believes “the only truly safe sex … is no sex” and once (falsely) claimed on CNN that “condoms are a very, very poor protection against sexually transmitted diseases.”
Pence denounced activists and others protesting recent police killings of unarmed African-Americans,…
Pence is a strong supporter of stop-and-frisk programs, …, who added that he wanted the practice expanded nationwide.
… Pence … supported denying non-emergency care for people who cannot afford a Medicare co-payment and opposed expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
… , Pence has kind of acknowledged the fact-based nature of human action contributing to climate change but opposes ending any of the industrial, governmental, or corporate practices responsible. He has consistently advocated withdrawing from climate change agreements and treaties. Pence has an impressively atrocious record on environmental issues and a slavish devotion to big energy and big oil companies. [emphasis mine]
Remember the good old days when the Evangelicals and the Catholics hated each other? Huh, funny, the Catholics didn't like *45 either, until they did.
And then there are Übersturmführer Bannon's warm and fuzzy 2014 words to the Vatican:
Trump confidant and chief strategist Steve Bannon gave a speech at the Vatican in 2014, during which he warned the church to stick to its conservative ideals or face apocalyptic repercussions. “We’re at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict, of which if the people in this room, the people in the church, do not bind together and really form what I feel is an aspect of the church militant, to really be able to not just stand with our beliefs, but to fight for our beliefs against this new barbarity that’s starting, that will completely eradicate everything that we’ve been bequeathed over the last 2,000, 2,500 years,” Bannon said in his address.
My emphasis. [The Daily Beast - The American Who Would Impeach Pope Francis, if Only He Could]
(Have I mentioned lately how fucked we are?)
This suggests the question: how do we limit, or hopefully prevent, the damage from these kinds of Rethuglican presidents*?
(That would be equally applicable to 45* and to Pence!)