That Time When Trump’s VP Mike Pence Opposed A US Immigration Ban On Muslims

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Remember when Donald Trump's VP Mike Pence still had a shred of decency and denounced his US immigration ban on Muslims as
Featured image/composite: cc 2016 Gage Skidmore (President Donald Trump) and cc 2016 Gage Skidmore (VP Mike Pence). Both photos via Flickr.

Remember when VP Mike Pence still had a shred of decency and denounced Donald Trump’s US immigration ban on Muslims as “offensive and unconstitutional?”

That’s right. The scary so-called “Christian” ex-gov. of Indiana supports parents “curing” their gay children with electro-shock therapy and wants to force women to carry their rapists’ babies. But at least he wasn’t an anti-Muslim bigot.

On Dec. 8, 2015, now-VP Mike Pence even tweeted a forceful response to Donald Trump’s call for a US immigration ban on Muslims. He even denounced this idea as “offensive and unconstitutional.”

VP Mike Pence's twitter response to Donald Trump's proposed US immigration ban on Muslims as Indiana Gov.: "Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional."

Wow, what happened to that Mike Pence? On Friday, Donald Trump cheerfully signed an executive order for an immigration ban on Muslims while the VP grinned and clapped behind him.

“We don’t want them here,” Mein Trumpf declared.

“We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas.”

Yet The New York Times reports this extreme measure is unlikely to reduce the threat. Since 2001, attacks on US soil has only been “a minuscule part of the overall toll of violence since 2001.”

In fact, The New York Times warns:

Many experts believe the order’s unintended consequences will make the threat worse.

The US ban on immigration applies to all refugees for 160 days. It also targets anyone who come from the following seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. According to New York magazine, this is wreaking havoc on 145 million people abroad who now cannot enter (or re-enter) the United States.

Propublica notes 500,000 of the people barred by the stroke of a pen are legal residents of the US who are now stranded. These include college students, guest workers, people with diplomatic visas, and dual citizens. There are also people who were born in one of the banned countries but are now citizens of a different country.

Yet, strangely, oil-rich countries who’ve opposed our interest and/or whose citizens have been linked to terrorist attacks in the U.S. — like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Russia — are not on the list. Nor are Pakistan, Lebanon, and Afghanistan. Go figure.

WATCH: Protests erupt over US immigration ban on Muslims in airports across the nation.

https://twitter.com/joonhai/status/825535966744031232

https://twitter.com/WeLoveBernie1/status/825535609640984576

WATCH: Mike Pence changes stance on US immigration ban against Muslims.

Back in July as the GOP convention approached and after Donald Trump tapped him as VP, Mike Pence sold what was left of his soul and changed his stance on the ban on Muslims.

Featured image/composite: cc 2016 Gage Skidmore (President Donald Trump) and cc 2016 Gage Skidmore (VP Mike Pence). Both photos via Flickr.

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