Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump seems to have found his bigoted match with the Republican vice presidential nominee, Mike Pence.
Pence also wants to ban immigration of people from countries that are affected by terrorism.
“We should temporarily suspend immigration from countries that have been compromised by terrorism, which I think is altogether fitting and appropriate.”
When asked if this policy would include Christians and Jewish people from these countries, he said:
“I think what you heard in the convention speech, what we talked about out on the stump is that we would temporarily suspend from countries or from territories if you will — the caliphate obviously of ISIS expands beyond one country — but to say that individuals that come from regions or countries that have been compromised by terrorism, that we would expand that immigration. I think that’s appropriate until we develop a new vetting system.”
We all know about Trump’s Muslim ban, so I guess Pence wants to expand on it. Back in December 2015, Donald Trump said that he wants to stop Muslims from entering the country. This was right after the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Trump unfairly painted Muslims with a broad brush. He said:
“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”
At the time, Mike Pence thought that the plan was “offensive and unconstitutional.”
Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional.
— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) December 8, 2015
Going back a little further, Pence actually called for tolerance toward Muslims after the 9/11 attacks. He said:
“The terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon are not representative of the overwhelming majority of Arabs or Muslims in the United States.”
Pence is now on Team Trump. Last month, he said:
“I am very supportive of Donald Trump’s call to temporarily suspend immigration from countries where terrorist influence and impact represents a threat to the United States.”
Here is a news clip of Mike Pence addressing his change in position: