Donald Trump wants Mike Pence to “know who’s boss.”
In a feature by The New Yorker on a possible Pence presidency and its threat to progressive ideals, a staff member from Trump’s campaign revealed the president has often belittled the vice president — which included ribbing him over his views on homosexuality and “mocking Pence’s religiosity.”
“When the conversation turned to gay rights, Trump motioned toward Pence and joked, ‘Don’t ask that guy — he wants to hang them all!’” a source told The New Yorker.
According to sources, Trump also dismissed Pence’s plans to end abortion.
“During a meeting with a legal scholar, Trump belittled Pence’s determination to overturn Roe v. Wade. The legal scholar had said that, if the Supreme Court did so, many states would likely legalize abortion on their own. ‘You see?’ Trump asked Pence. ‘You’ve wasted all this time and energy on it, and it’s not going to end abortion anyway.’”
And when it came to mocking Pence’s religiousness, Trump didn’t pull any punches.
“He said that, when people met with Trump after stopping by Pence’s office, Trump would ask them, ‘Did Mike make you pray?’”
Pence has a history of anti-LGBT actions as a politician. In 2015 he signed the “Religious Freedom Restoration” act which allowed Indiana businesses to discriminate based on their religion. He later backtracked on this measure.
He also opposed gay people serving openly in the U.S. military. In one of several anti-gay letters, he wrote:
“Homosexuals are not as a group able bodied. They are known to carry extremely high rates of disease brought on because of the nature of their sexual practices and the promiscuity which is a hallmark of their lifestyle.”
In January of this year, hundreds of the LGBT community showed up outside Pence’s Washington, D.C. home for a queer dance party to protest his anti-LGBT history.
“We come in all shapes, sizes, colors, beliefs, and we need to respect our diversity,” said Pence’s neighbor Joanna Pratt, who has lived there since 1979. “The LGBT community has had a real struggle to be respected and be accepted, and that’s a sad statement on our country and our culture that they’ve had that struggle.”