Liberals Must Have Mixed Emotions At Reports of Trump Mocking Pence

In what must be an ideologically and emotionally confusing read for liberals, the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer goes on the attack against Vice President Mike Pence and, in the process, manages to paint President Trump in a somewhat sympathetic light for social liberals who are critical of the Christian right.

The article, “The Danger of President Pence,” is essentially a hit piece on the vice president and a cautionary tale. “The worse the President looks, the more desirable his understudy seems,” Mayer writes, but then warns, “If the job is a gamble for Pence, he himself is something of a gamble for the country.”

It seems that, in spite of his loyalty to the unorthodox President Trump, Mike Pence is (gasp!) “’a full-spectrum conservative’ on social, moral, economic, and defense issues.” Mayer notes that Pence could be easily considered an establishment Republican who has strong connections to deep-pocketed Republican donors including the bogeymen of leftist dark money concerns, the Koch brothers.

Anti-religious leftists will enjoy the most-quoted sections of Mayer’s piece, those which detail how President Trump mocked Pence’s Christian beliefs. Mayer quotes several associates and staff members who say that Trump likes to “let Pence know who’s boss.” Trump reportedly asks people who have met with the vice president, “Did Mike make you pray?”

The president also reportedly teased Pence about his pro-life views and his opposition to the gay rights movement. Sources say that in a meeting with a legal scholar who pointed out that states might choose to legalize abortion if Roe v. Wade were overturned, Trump said, “You see? You’ve wasted all this time and energy on it, and it’s not going to end abortion anyway.”

When talk at the same meeting turned to homosexuality, Trump gestured toward Pence. “Don’t ask that guy,” Trump said. “He wants to hang them all!”

The New Yorker article paints Vice President Pence as someone who believes what he says and who acts on those beliefs. Mayer includes a laundry list of socially conservative issues where Pence took stands as governor of Indiana, from tax cuts (“Pence’s commitment to the Kochs was now ironclad”) to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, although he does get a pat on the back from her for opting in to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.

Interestingly, Mayer points out that both the height of Trump’s campaign and the biggest scandal that he has faced are both linked to Mike Pence. Pence’s connections to Republican donors made Trump’s election victory possible. Pence also helped make Trump palatable to Midwestern and Christian voters who were not natural supporters of the brash New Yorker.

At the opposite extreme, Pence was embroiled in the Michael Flynn firing that ultimately grew into the full-fledged Russia investigation. Unlike the other potential VP candidate, Chris Christie, Pence did not raise objections to Flynn’s appointment as National Security Advisor. Flynn was fired in February for lying to Pence about contacts with the Russian ambassador during the transition period.

Although Trump’s mocking comments are what has generated the headlines, Mayer’s main message is that, if Trump is impeached or forced to resign, liberals might like Pence even less. “Democrats should hope Trump stays in office,” said Democrat strategist Harold Ickes, noting that Pence would likely be much more effective at working with Congress and implementing a conservative agenda.

In the Midst of Turmoil, Weekly Bible Study Has Become a Thing in the White House (GOOD)


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Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT – “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

A recent report from CBN News reveals that some members of the Trump White House have undertaken the noble effort of weekly Bible study meetings.

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Ralph Drollinger, a former NBA player and founder of Capitol Ministries has worked to bring together lawmakers in Washington in this study of God’s Word, believing that building up warriors for Christ in the White House will be carried out in the principles and policies these men and women promote for the nation.

And while this will surely set off the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments by the left, who will shriek about the separation of church and state, we should all be used to that, by now. What these leaders do in their free time should be of no concern to the humanist elements of the left, and to everyone else, it should be a comfort.

Drollinger says that there are currently about a dozen members of the Trump Cabinet participating in weekly Bible study, and he is encouraged.

“It’s the best Bible study that I’ve ever taught in my life. They are so teachable; they’re so noble; they’re so learned,” Drollinger said.

It’s groundbreaking since he doesn’t think a formal Bible study among executive Cabinet members has been done in at least 100 years.

Of those regulars at the Bible study, there are Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Health Secretary Tom Price, Agriculture Secretary Sunny Perdue, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

America’s top cop, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, also attends the study.

“He’ll (Jeff Sessions) go out the same day I teach him something and I’ll see him do it on camera and I just think, ‘Wow, these guys are faithful, available and teachable and they’re at Bible study every week they’re in town,'” Drollinger said.

Knowing Attorney General Sessions is taking part in these study groups is especially comforting, if not for those who understand how important it is for our leaders to have a grasp on some moral grounding, but for his own mental/emotional well-being.

Sessions has been targeted by President Trump for a consistent campaign of demeaning and demoralizing social media taunts, surprisingly, because of a very principled stand Sessions took early on (in recusing himself from the Russia probe).

I’d say he can only benefit from the fellowship of likeminded believers and the consistent pursuit of godly study.

That is the value of fellowship, when the world comes against you.

Romans 1:11-12 NASB “For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be [a]established; 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine.”

And Trump, himself?

So far, he has not made time to attend any of the Bible studies, although he is invited each week and receives copies of Drollinger’s teachings from each meeting.

Many have already determined that Trump’s alleged faith was “campaign trail faith,” which is to say, lip service to draw in the evangelical vote. This is not a new thing among politicians, but rarely have those who identify as “Christian” been so eager to support a man so openly profane as Trump, with the hope that he can be changed, afterwards.

Indeed, Drollinger has likened Trump to Samson – a man consecrated before his birth to God, destined to save the Israelites from the Philistines, in the Book of Judges.

I have some issues with that characterization, not the least of which is this urge to compare a man who has openly rejected God in one breath, while claiming to be a Christian in the next to a Biblical figure, in an attempt to justify support.

If our purpose is a higher calling of pursuing and promoting a godly agenda, we don’t wishcast about who we hope our leaders might be, but we lean on what Scripture teaches about leadership.

And we pray for them.

Vice President Pence, on the other hand, has planned to join the meetings, when it becomes feasible for him to do so.

In Pence, Drollinger sees many similarities to biblical figures like Joseph, Mordecai and Daniel – all men who rose to the number two position in governments at different times in history.

“Mike Pence has respect for the office. He dresses right – like it says Joseph cleaned himself up before he went to stand before the Pharaoh,” Drollinger told CBN News.

“Mike Pence has uncompromising biblical tenacity and he has a loving tone about him that’s not just a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal,” he continued. “And then fourthly, he brings real value to the head of the nation.”

Many are leaning on Pence to be the faith-filled leader in the dark corridors of Washington’s political elite. Time will tell.

For now, it should be a comfort to know that some of our leadership are taking the time to meet, study the Word, and presumably, to pray.

Proverbs 11:14 AMP “Where there is no [wise, intelligent] guidance, the people fall [and go off course like a ship without a helm], But in the abundance of [wise and godly] counselors there is victory.”

Turns Out Americans Overwhelmingly Agree With Mike Pence’s Marriage Values

After the hoopla and media debate over Vice President Mike Pence’s policy of not dining alone with women other than his wife, it seems substantial proportions of men and women actually agree with the nation’s second-in-command.

According to a recently released New York Times poll, 60 percent of women and 48 percent of men believe that it is inappropriate to have a drink alone with someone “who is not your spouse.”

On the flip side, 29 percent of women and 41 percent of men said doing so is appropriate.

And it doesn’t end there, as 53 percent of women and 45 percent of men also said that having dinner alone with someone who isn’t a spouse is inappropriate, though 35 percent of women and 43 percent of men have no problem doing so.

It’s important to note, though, that people seemed to differentiate between leisurely and work-related meetings, as the proportions dramatically changed when the poll asked whether it is inappropriate for a married individual to have a work meeting with a person of the opposite sex.

In the aforementioned case, only 25 percent of women and 22 percent of men find such a work gathering inappropriate. You can read a full analysis of the poll results here.

As Faithwire previously reported, earlier this year, Pence’s personal policy of not eating dinner alone with a member of the opposite sex — comments he made in a 2002 interview that resurfaced in 2017 — created quite a stir, with conversations ensuing over whether his marital rule puts women at a disadvantage.

Read the full story at Faithwire.com.

Mike Pence Is Getting A New Chief Of Staff

Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday he will be getting a new chief of staff for his office. The current leader, Josh Pitcock, will be departing in the coming weeks. Despite the early staff change, officials say the move was planned before the administration took place and that Pitcock’s position was always intended to be temporary.

The incoming chief of staff will be Nick Ayers, a longtime political operative and close ally to Pence. The vice president is intending the staff change to begin a focus on bigger-picture issues and to help with staff management.

The pick appears to be a rock solid choice.

Although being only 34-years-old, Ayers boasts a resume many in their 60’s only dream of. He has been working with the vice president for three years and was his chief political strategist when the former Indiana governor was tapped to be Trump’s running mate. Ayers is currently serving as a key leader in America First Policies – a political non-profit supporting the policy agenda of President Trump. Before entering Pence’s inner circle, Ayers served as the executive director of the Republican Governors Association for four years. His political roots in Georgia, Ayers got his start working on both of Sonny Perdue’s gubernatorial campaigns (Perdue was the first GOP governor of Georgia since Reconstruction). His work on various campaigns throughout the country are too numerous to list.

Aside from his accomplishments, Ayers was closely considered to be picked as the next Republican National Committee chairman, and before Thursday’s announcement, was pushed by Trump allies to run for Georgia governor in 2018.

To say the least, this man is a strong choice to lead Mike Pence’s staff and is someone to keep an eye on in the coming years. With so many accomplishments at his age – the sky is the limit for Nick Ayers.

Also something to note: Ayers’ promotion is the latest in a string of Georgia talent grabs by the Trump White House. Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue was tapped to be agriculture secretary; former Rep. Tom Price now serves as secretary of Health and Human Services; former House speaker Newt Gingrich is a close confidant to the president and Ayers has been a longtime political operative in Georgia. The Peach State is enjoying its greatest influence in Washington since the Carter presidency.

 

 

Al Franken Thinks Mike Pence Is A Zealot

Democrats are experiencing Trump derangement syndrome. They couldn’t accept that he won the presidential contest last year. Remember when many of them took part in a recount effort led by Jill Stein in the hopes that several swing states would flip in Hillary’s favor? After the recount failed to change anything, liberals then attempted to block his official Electoral College vote. This attempt failed so badly it actually resulted in fewer votes for Clinton than it did Trump. With no options left and Donald Trump securely established in the Oval Office, Democrats have now convinced themselves that impeachment is a serious possibility.

Not so fast.

One prominent Democrat is cautious of letting Trump go. In an interview with the International Business Times, Al Franken said a Trump impeachment would result in a “zealot” President Pence. The junior senator from Minnesota explained his thinking when discussing Pence’s role in the presidential transition process:

“Pence ran the transition and some of the very worst nominees, I felt — [EPA chief Scott] Pruitt, [Education Secretary Betsy] DeVos, [HHS Secretary Tom] Price, [Budget director Mick] Mulvaney — were Pence selections, clearly, I think,” Franken told IBT. “He’s ideological, I consider him a zealot, and I think that in terms of a lot of domestic policy certainly would be worse than Trump.”

He made the comments to IBT while promoting his new book, “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.”

Franken actually highlights a very important point Republicans need to remember as we move forward in the Trump era.

We are led by a man who did not ascend to the presidency by typical means. Sure, he was unorthodox in his campaign style and he said things that were not “presidential.” It’s not being critical of Trump to say he is a man outside the Washington norm. Because of this, it almost makes me understand why Democrats are so vitriolic in their attacks on Trump. He is an unusual president – so perhaps it makes sense that liberals are unusually critical of him.

But Franken’s comment puts everything back into perspective.

Let’s not shy away from the fact that “zealot” is a harsh word. We can expect that kind of language from a troll on the internet. We should not expect that from a United States senator speaking about our vice president. The word “zealot” conjures up images of religious fanaticism and extremism – nothing at all that describes the humble family man from Indiana.

I assume Franken is calling our vice president a zealot because he holds (very mainstream) positions.  Pence supports traditional marriage, is open about his Christian faith and is pro-life.

What has Pence done in his career to deserve such a harsh label? I implore the senator from Minnesota to learn how to disagree with people without using such extreme language.

What’s the point here? It’s that we should know now that you can be the most well-mannered politician in the country, not have a single scandal tied to your name and you’d still be labeled every pejorative a liberal can throw at you.

Trump does not seem to be bothered if people on the left are angered by what he says. Why should he? They’re going to call you a racist/bigot/transphobe anyway. Why keep caring?

Maybe Trump was on to something all along.

Video of Trump’s First Cabinet Meeting is the Creepiest Thing You’ll See All Week

North Korea, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, Hugo Chavez and Venezuela… all of these nations know what it’s like to live under a tin pot despot.

They also know the importance of propaganda and pledging loyalty to “dear Leader.”

We aren’t there, yet (Thank God), but there was something so disquieting about the video from Trump’s first full Cabinet meeting this week, that it warrants attention.

The meeting began harmlessly enough, with President Trump asking everyone to introduce themselves. He began with Vice President Mike Pence, and then it got… strange.

Pence didn’t just introduce himself. He beamed across the table at Trump and absolutely gushed over the Manhattan billionaire, calling it the “greatest privilege” of his life to serve next to a president who was keeping his word to the American people, as well as bringing “real change, strength, and prosperity” back to the people.

I doubt any general in Kim Jong-un’s army could have said it any better, or with more passion.

If we overlook the fact that Trump has gone back on more campaign promises than he’s actually kept – whether it was building the wall, cutting funding to Planned Parenthood, or repealing Obamacare – then sure, let’s say he’s kept his promises to the American people.

The line of otherwise accomplished and serious men and women continued on, one after the other, each doing their part to heap praise on Trump.

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta – “my privilege to be here, deeply honored.”

Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price – “an incredible honor, under your leadership, can’t thank you enough for the privilege…”

Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, however, may have outdone them all, with “We thank you for the opportunity and the blessing you have given us to serve your agenda…”

Blessing?

The normal course of a Cabinet meeting is to have the press take a few pictures at the beginning, and then they leave. That President Trump held the press and allowed them to witness this breathtaking show of fealty was not without purpose, nor did anything about it seem normal, or unrehearsed.

It actually had the very real feel of authoritarian propaganda, and nobody should be comfortable with it.

President Trump has been having a rough start to his presidency. His disapproval ratings are at record highs for a president who has only been in office for five months. He needs a boost. Assembling Cabinet members and the media to shoot an agitprop piece for public consumption is likely not the way to get that boost.

It came across as creepy, excessive, and dark.

If you’ve ever heard about the subjugation of the North Korean people and wondered how they could let themselves get to that place, but watched this video and saw nothing wrong with it, then wonder no more. You’re there.

Sissies, Girls, Cowards, and Wimps

The former Governor of Indiana, who was also a congressman from Indiana, and is now the sitting Vice President of the United States went to Indiana this past weekend to address a university in Indiana. Notre Dame University conferred over 2,000 degrees on graduating students, but the media is fixated on the few dozen who walked out. This group of sissies, girls, cowards, and wimps are not strong enough to sit and listen to someone they disagree with politically. Some of them felt “unsafe.” Others said they were doing it because others felt unsafe.

Considering roughly two thousand students did not walk out of his speech, it begs the question of who exactly felt unsafe?

What it did, however, was provide the media another opportunity to cover the so called “resistance” instead of paying attention to the Vice President. It also is worth noting that the leftwing demands against President Trump are not as personal as they appear. In fact, if the Vice President did become President the grievances would remain in new form. These people are more sore losers than aggrieved victims.

Democracy functions by having an exchange of ideas respectfully, even in disagreement. Vice President Pence, invited by a home state University to give a commencement address, behaved, was kind, and gave a good speech. These few dozen students, however, could not tolerate words. They could not be in his presence. They wanted it to be all about them. They only wanted someone who shared their world view at the exclusion of the students who do not share their world view. They were selfish.

It is these sissies, girls, cowards, and wimps who are the threat to democracy, not the Vice President. They cannot tolerate different ideas, they feel unsafe in the presence of a sitting Vice President there solely to give a speech, and they did not want to engage but rather disrupt. Notre Dame was never going to get a speaker that pleased every single student. And there were no doubt other students who did not like the Vice President. But we do not know who those students are because they did not choose to make it about themselves. They did not choose to become a spectacle. They did not choose to be scared.

The media is making these protestors into heroes when really they’re the cowards who fled the scene of speech lest it hurt their delicate ears while two thousand others were brave enough to stay.