On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence argued that he knows President Donald Trump didn’t actually intend to be racist when he referred to Haiti and African countries as “shithole countries”. Pence says he’s able to intuit that because, “I know what’s in the president’s heart.”
Mike Pence went on to tell the Associated Press during an interview in Jerusalem:
“What President Trump wants to do is reform immigration to make our system one that puts the interests of America first,” Pence said. [Potential immigrants] should be considered on their merits, regardless of what country they come from or what their race and creed is.”
Pence insisted that Trump’s comments had not harmed America’s relationships with prominent world leaders, despite the fact that the president has been repeatedly, vociferously, and officially condemned for having made the comments.
UN human rights spokesman, Rupert Colville, addressed the scandal during a Geneva news briefing in the immediate aftermath — back when Trump was still denying having said it. Colville said, “There is no other word one can use but racist. You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes’, whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.”
Did anybody notice the clandestine slide from wholesale denial (by Republicans who were present at the time) that Donald Trump ever made those heinous comments… to the current era in which they’ve pivoted to acceptance that everyone knew they were lying about “not hearing” or “not recalling” what exactly Trump said during that notorious meeting, so they’re just going with the tried and true Yeah But He Didn’t Mean It Like That?
As for Pence’s knowledge of what’s in the president’s heart — this is where we are now, America. Not only are we saddled with Donald Trump, but we’ve also got a Vice President who goes full Forrest Gump in effort to defend the indefensible things he says and does.