The Vice President MIKE PENCE

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Good afternoon.  (One line he got right) - Secretary Mnuchin, Secretary Ross, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, members of Congress, distinguished guests, on behalf of the First Family, welcome to the White House.  

It’s the greatest privilege of my life to serve as Vice President to a President who is fighting every day to make America great again.  

Since the first day of this administration, President Donald Trump has been working tirelessly to keep the promises that he made to the American people.  President Trump has been reforming healthcare, enforcing our laws, ending illegal immigration, rebuilding our military.  And this President has been rolling back excessive regulations and unfair trade practices that were stifling American jobs.

Thanks to President Trump’s leadership, American businesses are growing again; investing in America again; and they're creating jobs in this country instead of shipping jobs overseas.  Thanks to President Donald Trump, America is back.

And just last week we all witnessed the bold leadership of an American President on the world stage, putting America first.  From the Middle East, to Europe, as leader of the free world, President Trump reaffirmed historic alliances, forged new relationships, and called on the wider world to confront the threat of terrorism in new and renewed ways. 

And by the action, the President will announce today, the American people and the wider world will see once again our President is choosing to put American jobs and American consumers first.  Our President is choosing to put American energy and American industry first.  And by his action today, President Donald Trump is choosing to put the forgotten men and women of America first.  

So with gratitude for his leadership and admiration for his unwavering commitment to the American people, it is now my high honor and distinct privilege to introduce to all of you, the President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump. 

🇺🇸  I suppose he will worry about that if Mike Pence has to take over, he picked Mike because Mike is the consummate yes man. Or shall we say the consommé yes man, thin skinned and watery, little substance,  Jesus ado-rant, to love Jesus that much, what are you so guilty of for that much forgiving, could it be the “ Obstruction of Justice charges brought back” ’?

And by worry even more because Mike Pence, the Koch-brothers tool so feared by liberals because he might be more efficient at bringing America to its knees than his boss.  Were Pence to ascend unelected to the presidency after a Trump collapse, still more scandals would pour out, Republicans in Congress would be fighting for their political lives, the economy would be rattled, and Washington would default.

“If Donald Trump embodies a particularly confrontational brand of raw, crass Republicanism, Mike Pence is his quiet and sinister counterpoint.  Pence is the quintessential GOP extremist, a radically anti-choice former governor and fierce opponent of gay rights. It is reported that in a conversation about the LGBT community, Trump motioned to Pence and joked, ‘Don’t ask that guy — he wants to hang them all!’  Pence possesses the legislative experience and emotional discipline that Trump lacks, making him even more of a threat.” — Peter Daou

Mike Pence Tangles With Olympian Adam Rippon Over Gay Rights Record
FEB. 9, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics officially opened on Friday but the first bit of drama has already boiled over: a three-way dispute between:

•  Adam Rippon, the first openly gay American man to qualify to compete in the Winter Games; 

•  Mike Pence, the conservative vice president and longtime opponent of gay rights;
•  The newspaper USA Today.

As controversies go, this one seems to have it all. Mr. Rippon, a charismatic 28-year-old figure skater, newly minted gay icon and social media darling, criticized Mr. Pence for his opposition to gay rights and long-rumored support of conversion therapy, a discredited practice that proponents claim can make gay people straight.
Mr. Rippon also declined an invitation to meet with Mr. Pence before the Games, his agent said.

Mr. Pence and his spokespeople have pushed back, arguing that he does not support conversion therapy, which has been discredited by the medical community and condemned by rights groups.  (You might remember the lunatic Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann’s husband who ran this scam in his home state with FEDERAL FUNDS.)   And the snub from Mr. Rippon? They say it never happened because they never asked him to meet in the first place.

How the controversy began.  The dispute began on Jan. 17, when Mr. Rippon criticized the White House decision to give Mr. Pence the ceremonial role of leading the United States delegation to the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Mr. Rippon said to USA Today. “I’m not buying it.”

NOV. 30, 2016 - He said he would prefer not to meet Mr. Pence at the informal gathering of American athletes and the official delegation held before the Games.

“If it were before my event, I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person but that they think that they are sick,” Mr. Rippon told the newspaper.

Mr. Pence has been dogged by claims that he supports conversion therapy since his 2000 campaign for Congress. After stating his opposition to same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination laws that protect gay people, his campaign website addressed the Ryan White Care Act, which provided federal funding for H.I.V./AIDS patients:

Congress should support the reauthorization of the Ryan White Care Act only after completion of an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus. Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.

That was widely interpreted as signaling his support for conversion therapy. Representatives for Mr. Pence did not respond to emails seeking comment this week. But in January, a spokeswoman, Alyssa Farah, responded to Mr. Rippon, telling USA Today, “This accusation is totally false and has no basis in fact.”

In 2016, a spokesman, Marc Lotter, denied that Mr. Pence supported conversion therapy and said his campaign website proposed federal funding for “groups that promoted safe sexual practices.”   But Mr. Lotter declined to explain what Mr. Pence meant when he referred to groups that “celebrate and encourage” activity that spreads HIV Gay and transgender groups view that language as directed at their community.

Mr. Rippon repeated his criticism of Mr. Pence on Twitter after the USA Today article was published, but he told reporters he had no interest in “picking a fight” with the vice president.  That seemed as if it might be the end of it.

An invitation and a rejection
But two weeks later, things escalated. On Wednesday, USA Today reported that Mr. Pence’s office was so concerned about Mr. Rippon’s criticism that it had taken the unusual step of asking the United States Olympic Committee to arrange “a conversation between the two. 

”Mr. Rippon, true to his word, would not meet with the vice president, the paper reported.  That seemed to be too much for Mr. Pence. On Thursday, he lashed out at the paper, tweeting that the report was “fake news” and that the journalist who had written it was bent on dividing Americans. But he was careful not to criticize Mr. Rippon.

Mr. Pence’s communications director, Jarrod Agen, denied that he ever requested a meeting with Mr. Rippon, and said that the USA Today report was “just not accurate.”  “The USA Today report is false & should be corrected,” Mr. Agen tweeted. “VP’s office did not try to arrange a meeting with Mr. Rippon at Olympics.”

Christine Brennan, the journalist who wrote the USA Today article, defended her work on Twitter, saying the “report is true and therefore will not be corrected.”  
Mr. Rippon’s agent, David Baden, agreed.

“We were contacted by his office and I think the objective was to have a conversation with Adam,” he said in an interview. The request did not come directly to him or Mr. Rippon but “went through the various proper channels and that message was then sent to us,” he said.  
He declined to explain what those channels were. The United States Olympic Committee did not respond to an email seeking comment.

Mr. Rippon “obviously respects the office of the vice president and took the request seriously,” he said. But the figure skater “respectfully declined and said after he was done competing he would revisit the request.”

“His job is to be an athlete,” Mr. Baden said. “His mind is on training, competing and doing his best to represent the U.S. going into the Olympics.”

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