Vice President Mike Pence likes to claim that he is a champion for religion, and he went as far as to write several papers in the 1990’s about the moral responsibilities of the President of the United States. Specifically, during the Clinton investigation, Pence said that a President who has an affair and is therefore immoral should 100% be removed from office. Curious to see if he believes the same thing today, given his boss. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.
It’s been really interesting to see how Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States, has been operating basically ever since we found out that Donald Trump tried to pay off a porn star so she didn’t come public with their affair that he had with her four months after his wife gave birth to his son, Barron. Mike Pence is the religious evangelical who believes that he has some kind of moral authority, and that most Christians have this moral authority, and that we’ve got to save the heathens, and that the heathens are all evil people until they’re saved. It’s been interesting to see this dynamic play out of him keeping his stupid mouth shut while all of these horrible things that Trump has done with regards to adultery and paying off porn stars and Playboy Playmates, it’s been interesting to see him keep quiet because in the ’90s, as we’ve now learned, Mike Pence didn’t keep quiet.
At the time, he was just kind of a local conservative radio host who also did some writing gigs on the side. During the ’90s, during the Bill Clinton impeachment investigation and all of that, Mike Pence wrote on two separate occasions that a president has this moral obligation and that Bill Clinton should be impeached because he has not upheld the morality of the office of the presidency.
Here’s some actual quotes from what he wrote. “If you and I fall into bad moral habits, we can harm our families, our employers and our friends. The President of the United States can incinerate the planet. Seriously, the very idea that we ought to have at or less than the same moral demands placed on the Chief Executive that we place on our next door neighbor is ludicrous and dangerous.”
So, Pence says that we need to hold the president to the highest possible moral standard and nothing less. Interesting. We’ll get back to that in a minute.
He goes on. “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.”
That was about Bill Clinton. Now, he later on did go and say in those articles that, yes, it’s also obvious Bill Clinton committed perjury and so therefore he should also be impeached for that. But he absolutely was calling for the impeachment of Bill Clinton in these articles and on his radio show just for being immoral in the White House.
Now, let’s get one thing clear. Bill Clinton was not impeached because of the affair. Bill Clinton was impeached because of the perjury. He lied under oath. That’s what got him impeached. It didn’t get him removed from office, so he stayed president.
Trump, on the other hand, has lied not under oath, but he’s lied to his family, he’s lied to the public, he’s lied to every single person possible about all of his affairs, not to mention the fact that the man is currently being sued by at least 19 different women who have accused him of some kind of sexual harassment or assault. One of the women is also suing him for defamation because he attacked her on Twitter after she came out with these allegations.
You want to talk about morals? I don’t think Bill Clinton has anything on the kind of crap that Donald Trump has pulled in his past. Why is Mike Pence so silent? The answer is simple. Republicans, especially the religious Republicans, the allegedly religious Republicans, they’re only religious when it benefits them, like when they’re campaigning. But when it means that they’re going to have to hold one of their own accountable, oh, no, no, no, no, it doesn’t apply to us. Just like all those religious leaders who when this affair broke, they came out and said, “We’re going to give him a mulligan. You know, we forgive him for his. Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.” They were ready to lynch Bill Clinton back in the ’90s because of this, and yet they’re giving this dude a pass even though he’s done things a hundred times worse than what Bill Clinton did on a scale of about a hundred times more than Bill Clinton did just because he’s their guy.
There is no moral authority within the Republican party. There is no moral authority within Christianity here in the United States. They’re all, every single one of them, a bunch of hypocrites and liars. That is exactly what Mike Pence is, and that is exactly why he has stayed silent about all of the horrible crap that his boss has done.