“As vice president, he poses one of the greatest threats to equality in the history of our movement.”
The Human Rights Campaign have launched a scathing take-down of Mike Pence with a campaign titled ‘The Real Mike Pence’, which exposes the vice-president’s anti-LGBTQ track record.
Pence’s support for gay conversion therapy is highlighted within the campaign, as well as his efforts at blocking access to health-related assets for LGBTQ people, such as funding for HIV and AIDS prevention.
Last year, Pence reportedly joked that he “wants to hang all gay people”.
HRC said in a statement: “With Donald Trump mired in lurid scandals and investigations that threaten his presidency, Mike Pence has flown under the radar, amassing enormous power in an administration hobbled by clueless advisors, inexperienced staffers and a revolving cast of lawyers.
“Pence is exploiting that alarming leadership void by quietly spearheading a charge to radically undermine the rights of LGBTQ people and women, attack voting rights, undercut sound science, and enable the greatest assault on American institutions in modern history.
“With his ready access to the levers of national power, no vice president in history has wielded more influence — and with less scrutiny — than Mike Pence. His deliberate benign anonymity, coupled with the nation’s growing alarm at the shocking skulduggery of Trump and his cronies, has largely given Pence an undeserved free ride in the court of public opinion.”
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Chad Griffin, HRC President, said: “Mike Pence has made a career out of attacking the rights and equal dignity of LGBTQ people, women and other marginalized communities. Now as vice president, he poses one of the greatest threats to equality in the history of our movement.
“With the world distracted by Donald Trump’s scandal-ridden White House, Mike Pence’s nefarious agenda has been allowed to fly under the radar for too long. He has become not only the most powerful vice president in American history, but also the least scrutinized.
“No more. With this comprehensive new report, HRC is exposing the extent of Pence’s extremism, the threat he poses to equality, and all that we’re doing to combat his hateful agenda.”
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