According to a new report published by The New Yorker Monday morning, Donald Trump joked during a meeting with a legal scholar that Mike Pence wants to kill all gay people.
In the report detailing Pence’s role in the current administration and his relationship with President Trump, The New Yorker cites a recent meeting in which Trump dismissed Pence’s opinions on the LGBT community because of his known homophobic values.
The New Yorker writes:
But, according to a longtime associate, Trump also likes to “let Pence know who’s boss.” A staff member from Trump’s campaign recalls him mocking Pence’s religiosity. He said that, when people met with Trump after stopping by Pence’s office, Trump would ask them, “Did Mike make you pray?”
Two sources also recalled Trump needling Pence about his views on abortion and homosexuality. During a meeting with a legal scholar, Trump belittled Pence’s determination to overturn Roe v. Wade. The legal scholar had said that, if the Supreme Court did so, many states would likely legalize abortion on their own.
“You see?” Trump asked Pence. “You’ve wasted all this time and energy on it, and it’s not going to end abortion anyway.” When the conversation turned to gay rights, Trump motioned toward Pence and joked, “Don’t ask that guy — he wants to hang them all!”
Let that soak in. Our president … joked … that our vice-president … wants to kill gay people.
Mike Pence’s anti-gay history doesn’t prove Trump wrong
In 2006, Pence supported a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Citing a Harvard researcher, Pence said in his speech, “societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family.” According to Mike Pence gay is a choice, and he has said keeping gays from marrying is not discrimination but an enforcement of “God’s idea.”
The Mike Pence gay hate is so strong it nearly destroyed his state’s economy. As governor of Indiana in 2015, Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill that would have given people the right to discriminate against LGBT people for religious reasons.
The rest of the nation was disgusted. Apple, the NCAA and other major business and political leaders denounced the bill. Soon people started threatening to boycott the state. To keep all of that money in Indiana, Pence had to amend the bill to make it a bit less homophobic.
Over and over again, Pence has voted to prohibit same-sex marriage and permit anti-LGBT discrimination. Pence has also fought to defund programs that help prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS and instead use government money to “change the sexual behavior” of LGBT people, a comment widely interpreted to mean paying for gay conversion therapy.