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How the Kochs are using Mike Pence to shape Trump's White House

17 October 2017

In a New Yorker profile, sources tell the magazine of several instances where Trump has mocked Pence's ultra-conservative nature, including his views on social issues such as abortion and LGBTQ rights.

Bottom line: Trump knows that Pence is a right-wing Christian extremist with a faith based hatred for LGBT people, and he thinks it's amusing.

But on the issue of LGBTQ rights, Trump addressed a darker view he suggested Pence held.

Trump jabbed at Pence after a legal scholar told the pair that if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, many states would probably legalize abortion.

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In the piece, it details how Trump attempts to show that he is the "boss" of Pence and often makes joke at the expense of the vice president.

When the discussion at the meeting turned to gay rights, Trump motioned toward Pence and joked, "Don't ask that guy - he wants to hang them all!"

This week, Jane Meyer from The New Yorker published a piece pointing to this, entitled "The Danger of President Pence".

The Washington Blade has placed a request in with the White House seeking comment on why Trump would make that joke and whether he thinks the death penalty for homosexual acts is a human rights violation. He said the law 'wages war on freedom and religion in the workplace'.

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The story also revealed how Pence had started up a White House Bible-study group for senior officials.

Trump ran an outsider's campaign and is at odds with many of Pence's socially conservative views.

The New Yorker reports that Trump's remarks are essentially a way of undermining his veep. But to have chosen Pence as his VP, knowing the former IN governor's positions on issues like LGBT people's rights, is even more despicable. Pence has hired an outside lawyer, Richard Cullen, and has further strengthened his political armor by hiring Nick Ayers as his chief of staff. Laurence Tribe, a law professor at Harvard, tweeted, "The VP appears to me to be in what we lawyers have been known to call deep doo-doo".

The White House did not immediately respond to the report.

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How the Kochs are using Mike Pence to shape Trump's White House