If you haven’t turned on the television, opened a newspaper, or been on your phone, you’re probably still well aware of the ongoing political saga that is President-elect Donald Trump. You just can’t avoid it.
With Trump’s inauguration around the corner on 20 January, people are predicting he may not even have the chance to take a seat at the Resolute desk.
Conversations about impeachment of the soon-to-be-President have been in the media for quite some time surrounding his former court cases dealing with Trump University and, more recently, appointing his son-in-law, Jarred Kushner, to work at the White House.
This decision goes against the U.S. Federal Laws prohibiting nepotism which bans public officials to employ, promote, appoint, or advance members of his family.
More controversy has trumped the President-elect due to unverified allegations in a BuzzFeed report concerning his behaviour in Russia.
His initial response to all that? This tweet:
FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
But to remove a president from office, the president must commit treason, bribery, or other high crimes, and misdemeanours. The crime heads to the House of Representatives to be found guilty and then a trial by Senate which would either clear or convict him.
People believe Trump could be impeached, but it’s unlikely. Bill Clinton had been found guilty of wrongdoing during his Presidency but it had been cleared by the Senate.
However, if Trump were to get impeached, Vice President-elect Mike Pence would become president. If Pence were to become the next President of the United States, this change would be detrimental to the LGBT community.
The anti-LGBT VP-elect has openly and consistently expressed his views concerning the LGBT community, women’s rights, racism, and climate change and it’s safe to say they aren’t pleasant. Pence has said numerous times that he is “a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order.”
Let’s take a look at Pence’s views on the LGBT community thus far and what it would mean if Pence took the top position.
Pence is highly against marriage equality and believes marriage should be between a man and a woman.
He’s said being gay was a choice and “societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of deterioration of marriage and family.”
In 2007, Pence voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which bans discrimination in the work place concerning a person and their sexual orientation.
Pence opposed the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ which bans soldiers from openly identifying as gay.
The policy ended in 2011 but that didn’t stop Pence from saying the military would become a “backdrop for social experimentation”.
Pence rejected Obama’s administrative decision to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.
Pence said: “The Federal government has no business getting involved in issues of this nature.”
He also wanted to defund the HIV/AIDS funding and more in favor for “conversion therapy” in hopes of providing assistance for “those seeking to change their sexual behaviour.”
With all this under Pence’s belt, it is fearful to see how he would act against the LGBT community if he ever did become President of the United States.
Words Ashley Vega