1997 video from “The Mike Pence Show” is making the rounds on Twitter, demonstrating his full-blown hypocrisy regarding adultery.
Think Progress published an illuminating article about Mike Pence in mid-July 2016 at the height of the presidential campaign and amid mounting allegations of inappropriate contact by running mate Trump and numerous women.
The article called out Pence’s mind-numbing hypocrisy, considering that he argued for the criminalization of adultery for decades before joining the Trump ticket and to this day has never spoken out against Trump. Indeed, he has done the opposite.
Take, for example, his appearance at the 40th-anniversary celebration of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family.
After the group’s president, Jim Daly, introduced Pence as “one of us,” the vice president spoke for 30 minutes…
He repeatedly referred to President Trump as both an “unwavering ally” of Christian evangelicals and a believer himself — calling him “a leader, a believer, a timeless defender of the values that will make America great again.” He described Trump as someone who “advocated in the public square for values our public needs to hear, now more than ever.”
Mike Pence Speaks Out Against Adultery
As Think Progress reported, Pence “hosted both a radio and television show in the 1990s with the name “The Mike Pence Show,” before he entered politics.
While his commentaries from that time in defense of cigarettes and in opposition to the feminist message in Disney’s Mulan have made news, one less noticed piece suggested that adultery should be a crime in the United States. It appeared on the website for his television show on WNDY, retrieved through the Internet Archive WayBack Machine.
In May of 1997, Pence railed against the news that U.S. Air Force Lt. Kelly Flynn had received a general discharge despite having been accused of two adulterous affairs. While Pence said he was glad she had received compassion, he took aim at society for making extramarital affairs acceptable. “Did anyone else notice the incredulous looks on the faces of Lt. Flynn’s most ardent defenders anytime the term ‘adultery’ was mentioned? Many of her defenders were less concerned, it seemed, about the facts of the case than about the fact that somewhere in this society adultery is still a crime.”
On May 23, 1997 Pence took to his radio show, making similar remarks.
After rambling a bit about Kelly Flynn, Pence remarked on his viewpoint regarding adultery.
“I mean, is adultery no longer a big deal in Indiana and in America? I’d just love to know your thoughts because I for one believe that the seventh commandment contained in the Ten Commandments is still a big deal,” Pence stated, adding: “I maintain that other than promises that we make of fidelity in our faith, the promises that we make to our spouses and to our children, the promises that we make in churches and in synagogues and marriage ceremonies around this, it’s the most important promise you’ll ever make. And holding people accountable to those promises and holding people accountable to respecting the promises that other people make, I, to me, what could possibly be a bigger deal than that in this country?”
Scott Dworkin, co-founder of the Democratic Coalition, posted the portion of that show dealing with adultery.
“Mike Pence on adultery: ‘Is adultery no longer a big deal in America? I believe the 7th commandment is STILL a big deal. It’s the most important promise you’ll ever make. Holding people accountable to those promises…what could possibly be a BIGGER deal?'” he tweeted.
Mike Pence on adultery: "Is adultery no longer a big deal in America? I believe the 7th commandment is STILL a big deal. It's the most important promise you'll ever make. Holding people accountable to those promises…what could possibly be a BIGGER deal?" pic.twitter.com/tixVisZvaP
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 10, 2018
You can also watch a longer clip, below: