Democrats across the country also think ‘Pence must go’ 

click to enlarge After a historic convention, Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president in a packed arena.  - MEGAN POWELL, THESTATEHOUSEFILE.COM
  • After a historic convention, Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president in a packed arena.
  • Megan Powell,
By Andi TenBarge

Criticism of the Republican presidential nominee did not stop at Donald Trump during the Democratic National Convention.

Delegates and convention speakers from across the country also shared their concerns about his running mate and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence during the four-day event.

“With the Trump-Pence ticket, it’s like a contest to see who can discriminate more,” Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy said.

“[Trump] even picked a vice president famous for trying to make it legal to openly discriminate against gays and lesbians,” Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said.

Even Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton poked at Pence being on the Trump ticket during her acceptance speech Thursday night.

“A president should respect the men and women who risk their lives to serve our country–including the sons of Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, both Marines,” she said.

Kevin Warren, the founder of the Indiana-based “Pence Must Go” political action committee, said he was happy to see other officials spread the same message he’s been trying to convey to Hoosiers.

“The Clinton campaign came out and gave his top five issues with his restrictive not only the RFRA law, anti-discrimination, and the abortion bill, refusing Muslims in our state and we can go on and on,” Warren said. “I like that I’m seeing that. It takes a lot of pressure of me for sure.”

Warren formed the group following the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act back in 2015. The organization sold yard signs, bumper stickers, T-shirts and other merchandise showcasing the saying and all proceeds went towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations.

“What I did not want to happen was for people to forget what has happened over the past two years and how intolerant our state was and the damage that he did to our state,” Warren said.

Pence, however, has received praise from establishment Republicans and social conservatives for his time as governor.

“Mike Pence has been amazing,” Trump said at a Scranton, Pennsylvania rally Wednesday. “And you know, one of the reasons—and this is 100 percent—one of the reasons I chose Mike was because Indiana, under his leadership, has done so well. It’s done so incredibly.”

Now that Pence has removed himself from the gubernatorial race to join the Trump ticket, the “Pence Must Go” organization has evolved to include other messages such as “Trump-Pence Make America Hate Again” and “Trump-Pence Wrong for America.”

“I’m actually scared to death that he could potentially be a heartbeat away from the president assuming that he and Trump could win in November,” Warren said.


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