New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer framed the story, titled “The Danger of President Pence,” around the idea that despite growing support for Trump’s impeachment, Pence’s sometimes ultraconservative views make that a dark prospect for the liberals who oppose Donald Trump.
The reporter cited a longtime Trump associate as saying the president liked to keep vice president Pence in check. Mayer reported that Trump often mocked Pence’s conservative views, like his desire to see Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that established women’s constitutional right to have an abortion, overturned.
When a legal scholar pointed out to Trump and Pence in a meeting that even if the case were overturned, many states would legalize abortion on their own, Trump ribbed Pence, according to Mayer.
“You see? You’ve wasted all this time and energy on it, and it’s not going to end abortion anyway,” Trump said, according to Mayer.
Mayer reports that when the topic of rights for gay US citizens came up, Trump pointed to Pence and said: “Don’t ask that guy — he wants to hang them all!”
Mayer also cited a campaign staff member as saying Trump had mocked Pence’s religious practices. When visitors came to see Trump after meeting Pence, The New Yorker said, the president asked, “Did Mike make you pray?”