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Mike Pence, The Unapologetic Anti-Scientist


The selection of Vice President-Elect Mike Pence to the Republican ticket last summer came with a footnote.

Only nobody reads the footnotes.

In an election where every news cycle was rife with controversies that would have sunk a traditional campaign, the story of Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s potential role in the new administration barely raised eyebrows.

It should have.

According to The New York Times, Donald Trump Jr. wooed potential VP candidates to his ticket by promising that they would be the most powerful vice president in the history of the republic, responsible for both domestic and foreign policy.

Donald Trump Jr. (Credit: Source.)

Trump would be too busy “making America great again.”

It was a striking admission, and suggested that President-elect Donald Trump has virtually no interest in actually governing the country. To the left, it offers a frightening condemnation of the government-in-waiting. To the right, which wields power in both the House and the Senate, it offers the comfort of a familiar face.  As the Republican Party moves unceasingly to the right, Vice President-elect Mike Pence is viewed as a conservative’s conservative, with an impeccable record supporting right-wing orthodoxy.

He is, in his own words, a “Christian, conservative, and Republican — in that order.”

America’s First Anti-Science Administration?

So far, the only news cycle devoted to Pence resulted from a respectful one-minute lecture delivered on behalf of the cast of the Broadway musical Hamilton, that implored the vice president to use his office to protect women, people of color, and the LGBTQ communities. The Vice President-elect handled the moment with graciousness and aplomb, but the

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  • Richard Levangie is an award-winning journalist with degrees in science and journalism, and an MFA in creative nonfiction. His work has appeared in The Globe & Mail, The Montreal Gazette, and more than a dozen magazines. His middle grade adventure, Secrets of the Hotel Maisonneuve, won the Atlantic writing competition for unpublished manuscripts, and is currently in submission. He is writing a memoir, tentatively called Redemption is a Bottle of Red, about surviving 20 years with daily migraines and a misdiagnosed neuroendocrine tumor.

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