Mike Pence—GOP vice-presidential nominee and senescent demon-possessed frat boy—wants to make one thing extremely clear: he does not call people names. (I do!) And to emphasize his commitment to kindergarten politics, he has refused to speak ill of a maniacal racist, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
As the New York Daily News reports, Wolf Blitzer asked Pence in a Monday CNN interview if he would refer to Duke as “deplorable.”
“No, I’m not in the name-calling business, Wolf,” Pence oozed. “You know me better than that.”
Blitzer broached the topic by referencing Clinton’s remark that half of Trump’s supporters comprise a “basket of deplorable” — that is to say, Americans who are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic.” Clinton says she regrets saying that “half” of Trump’s fans fit within this contingent, but as Blitzer notes, she’s not wrong about the types of people Trump and Pence have attracted.
David Duke is perhaps Trump’s most notorious champion, in part because he is a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, but also because Trump dawdled in disavowing him.
And yet, Sing-A-Song-Of-Mike-Pence is confused.
“I’m really not sure why the media keeps dropping David Duke’s name,” he told Blitzer. Shortly thereafter, he contended that “Donald Trump has denounced David Duke repeatedly, we don’t want his support, and we don’t want the support of people who think like him.”
In case you’re curious about the sort of support Pence does want—the sort that he would consider the very opposite of “deplorable”—take a look at the legislation for which he is responsible in the state of Indiana. He crusades against Planned Parenthood and, as governor, was eager to sign his name to every anti-choice bill presented to him. Oh, and he—somehow—plans to overturn Roe v. Wade if Trump wins the presidency.
Tonight, however, he is preoccupied with backpedaling:
Alas, Clinton got there first. Pretty impressive for someone who has been indisposed, unconscious, maybe even dead! for the last day or so.