Ahead of tonight’s VP debate, the media are coming out hard against Trump’s running mate Mike Pence and they seem to be taking their cues from the Clinton campaign. After repeated attacks from Hillary Clinton and her team in the past two days, liberal journalists and outlets on Twitter started parroting these same talking points. Because Pence is a strong evangelical conservative, the media have attacked him as anti-gay, anti-women's rights and anti-immigrant.
The Clinton team has worked overtime the past few days trying to demonize Pence. Hillary Clinton’s team called Pence an “extremist” who was “divisive, anti-woman, anti-LGBT,” and “anti-worker.”
Social media staffer for the Clinton campaign and formerly Obama’s 2012 campaign, Emmy Bengtson tweeted:
Pence:— Emmy Bengtson (@EmmyA2) October 4, 2016
✓LGBT and women's rights
I kinda do too. https://t.co/rs3TkHEZ3y
Teddy Goff, a Clinton PR staffer who formerly worked on Obama’s 2008 campaign, dramatically called Pence “one of the nation’s most viciously right-wing Govs.”
Worth remembering: Mike Pence is one of the nation's most viciously right-wing Govs, and would be a shocking VP pick in any non-Trump year.— Teddy Goff (@teddygoff) October 4, 2016
This message set the tone for the media who tried to make the case that Pence was a bigot. As a Christian conservative, characterizing Pence as anti-gay is always the left’s first concern so of course that’s where many outlets started their attack.
Donald Trump might blow up the world, but Mike Pence would set the clock back to 1954. It’s hard to say which would be worse.
Think Trump is scary? Check out Mike Pence on the issues https://t.co/Mq8YXiPgbN— huffpostqueer (@huffpostqueer) October 3, 2016
CNN’s Sally Kohn:
Pence has been at forefront of right-wing attacks on women's health, LGBT rights, immigrants and refugees...https://t.co/Y4DqlAT9Tj— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) October 4, 2016
Jamil Smith of MTV News:
Politifact, taking their notes from Democratic Lt. Gov. for California, Gavin Newsom who blasted Pence as anti-gay:
True. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence advocated for 'conversion therapy' https://t.co/ZuRDH8jvlB— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) October 4, 2016
And of course former Daily Show comedian Samantha Bee, whose crass and unfunny show on TBS frequently mocks conservatives and Christians, bashed Pence as anti-women’s rights in this video tweet:
While Vox went with more subtle snobbery of his pro-life position:
In case you forgot: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a law this year that mandated funerals for fetuses https://t.co/4NZamTxLEw— Vox (@voxdotcom) October 4, 2016
On MSNBC Sunday, Joy Reid and Sirius XM host John Fugelsang blasted Pence as an extremist who, as Fugelsang said, bases his policies on a Christianity that bore no “resemblance to the teachings of Jesus.”
And TIME Magazine and NPR instead decided to attack Pence on Syrian refugees:
Federal court blocks effort by Mike Pence to keep Syrian refugees out of Indiana https://t.co/9eilmpPljx— TIME (@TIME) October 4, 2016
A federal appeals court has blocked Gov. Mike Pence's attempt to keep Syrian refugees out of Indiana. https://t.co/Hs42m9AhKh— NPR (@NPR) October 3, 2016
Looks like the media got all Hillary Clinton’s attacks against Pence across! It must be easy in the when you have the media doing your dirty work for you.
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