Beloved congressional bear Brian Sims has NO PATIENCE for the garbage coming out of Mike Pence’s mouth, and he’s letting the world know in no uncertain terms. In a fabulous op-ed for Philly Magazine, Sims launched into Pence, tearing him to shreds for his terrible policies.
“The most extreme pick for vice president in a generation,” Sims calls him, and it only gets better from there. Sims points out that Pence’s “no gays allowed” bill cost the state at least $60 million (some estimates put it at $250 million) by alienating businesses all over the world. “Welcome to the Trump-Pence GOP, which continues this divisiveness,” he says.
There are plenty of direct threats posed by Trump and Pence–even though Trump claims to be a “friend” to the gays, he’s anything but. He’s opposed to gay marriage; he’s said that he’d repeal Obama’s nondiscrimination orders; and the last time he said anything positive about LGBT rights was 2000.
And Pence has made a career out of hurting LGBT families, either by protecting straight-segregated lunch counters or by palling around with ex-gay advocates or by opposing repeal of DADT.
And what’s worse, Sims says, is that they’re fostering a climate of hatred and division, even when they’re not talking about queers. Trump’s antisemitic dog-whistles are one example; his proposal to ban Muslims is another; and Pence’s disinterest in hate crime protection is yet a third. Says Sims:
With all of the hatred swirling, it is even more imperative that we elect a president that will fight for our community and equality for all. Here in Philadelphia, we’ll be supporting a candidate for president that will fight for every community. Hillary Clinton is the fighter we need.
He’s right, of course. Hillary may not be as perfect — and nobody is — but she’s the only person running for president who has a shot at actually improving the lives of LGBTs.