On Friday, #Donald Trump officially announced his vice presidential pick: Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Pence is best known for his very conservative Republican views, especially on social issues like gay marriage and abortion. Trump's choice of Pence as his running mate has been viewed as an appeasement to establishment Republicans who fear that Trump doesn't represent true Republican values. Both Trump and Pence are known for openly speaking their minds and supporting conservative ideas and values despite public backlash. If Trump and Pence succeed in winning the White House in November, the United States could look very different in the near future. Here are just a few things that could happen if Trump and Pence follow through on their rhetoric.
One of Trump's primary campaign promises is that he will build a wall on the Mexican border, and that he will make the Mexican government pay for the wall. Trump has continually asserted that Mexicans have been taking advantage of the American people by illegally immigrating and stealing jobs. He insists that the wall will prevent illegal #Immigration from Mexico, which will help boost the economy by creating more jobs for real Americans.
Trump has also been very vocal about limiting immigration from countries where known terrorist organizations exist. He has been vocally opposed to taking in Syrian refugees and has gone as far as to declare that he would stop immigration from all Muslim countries.
Pence also has a hard line stance on immigration. He voted in favor of building a fence on the Mexican border, which is basically one step away from Trump's proposed wall. Pence also supported a law that would require hospitals to report illegal immigrants receiving medical treatment. He voted for a law proposing an end to Birthright Citizenship, meaning that children born in the U.S. would not automatically be given citizenship.
A Trump/Pence White House would essentially mean closed borders for the United States and the fostering of nationalism.
Repeal of Roe v. Wade
Trump and Pence have both spoken out against abortion. Trump has stated that he will likely appoint a Supreme Court Justice who would favor overturning Roe v. Wade, but has not committed to overturning the decision as part of his goals as President. If anything his views are mercurial, leaning toward pro-life.
Pence, on the other hand, is vehemently opposed to abortion. He vocally supports repealing Roe v. Wade and has called it one of the worst decisions SCOTUS has ever made. Pence has consistently voted to defund Planned Parenthood and to place restrictions on obtaining abortions. He also voted in favor of removing abortion coverage from all federally supported healthcare coverage.
If Trump and Pence win the White House it is very likely that Roe v. Wade will be overturned in the Supreme Court, making abortions illegal again in the United States. This would be a devastating blow to women's rights.
State sponsored discrimination
Trump and Pence both have abysmal records when it comes to ending discrimination in the United States. Trump has been repeatedly called out for his bigoted and racist speech. Pence is most well known for supporting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that passed in Indiana. The legislation allowed business owners to refuse service to LGBTQA customers because it was against their religious beliefs. He has a strong anti-gay voting record, including repeatedly voting against gay marriage. Pence also voted against hate crime legislation.
Both Trump and Pence have also opposed affirmative action legislation. The ACLU indicates that Pence has a strong anti-civil rights voting record. In a time when discrimination is causing rampant violence, a Trump/Pence White House would further the problem, not help solve it.
If Trump and Pence follow through with all the things they've said, the country will look much different in the near future, but not in a good way. #Election 2016