This clip is actually painful to watch. It’s like seeing a Chihuahua-Yorkie mix try to mate with a Bull Mastiff: Lots of jumping and yapping, with very little actual progress. Tim Kaine tries here to make a point about Donald Trump–I’m not really sure what it is–but he whips out the Bible, and “that Mexican thing” while yipping at Mike Pence’s feet.
Here Pence is at his best, framing Kaine to appear more pro-life than his Democratic backers would like, and baiting him into an uncomfortable attack on the sanctity of live. Pence pushed national unity, a “culture of life,” invoking Mother Teresa while Kaine repeatedly interrupted in a shrill and insincere attempt at pro-choice pandering.
Referring to Trump’s statement that women should be punished for having an abortion, Kaine quoted Matthew 12:34 “for out of the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.” Of course, he quoted out of context.
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
It’s like Kaine had a Bible-verse-o-matic as part of his debate prep, and was just itching to throw in a verse. I’ll admit Trump’s statement on punishing women was ill-advised and counter-productive, but Pence was absolutely right: Trump is not a “polished politician” like Kaine and Clinton. In the context of Biblical values, Trump was more aligned than Kaine.
This is why it’s so painful when liberal Democrats throw out Scripture to defend sin. Trump may sin and brag about it, but he knows better than to quote Scripture to defend it.
“I couldn’t be more proud to be standing with a pro-life candidate in Donald Trump.” Pence accomplished a very difficult task. He made Trump look appealing.