Who would make a better president: Donald Trump or Mike Pence?
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Who would make a better president: Donald Trump or Mike Pence?

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Between low approval ratings, a failed legislative agenda and the looming Mueller investigation, even Steve Bannon has questioned whether President Trump will finish his first term. Critics welcome the prospect of a Trump impeachment, which would mean a President Pence. While some believe Pence would be a much better and more controlled president "less likely to get the planet blown up" than Trump, others argue a Pence presidency would actually be much more dangerousWhat do you think? 🤔

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While critics continue to make a case for the impeachment of President Trump, others have grown increasingly skeptical of the prospect. The impeachment of Trump would mean welcoming a President Pence, who many believe is much worse than Trump.

Jane Mayer argues in The New Yorker that a Pence presidency could be significantly more damaging due in part to Pence's loyalty to the Republican billionaire donor class.

Pence has the political experience, the connections, the discipline, and the ideological mooring that Trump lacks. He also has a close relationship with the conservative billionaire donors who have captured the Republican Party’s agenda in recent years.
Trump characterized the Republican Party’s big spenders as “highly sophisticated killers” whose donations allowed them to control politicians... Pence’s political career, though, has been sponsored at almost every turn by the donors whom Trump has assailed. Pence is the inside man of the conservative money machine.

Beyond his deep connections to dark money, Pence is also a religious zealot in a way President Trump is not, posing an extra threat to women and the LGBT community in particular.

Even as Pence argued for less government interference in business, he pushed for policies that intruded on people’s private lives. In the early nineties, he joined the board of the Indiana Family Institute, a far-right group that supported the criminalization of abortion and campaigned against equal rights for homosexuals. And, while Pence ran the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, it published an essay arguing that unmarried women should be denied access to birth control.
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But while Pence is more socially conservative than Trump, many still contend he is the much better option. Dana Milbank argues in The Washington Post that the public wouldn't have to fear nuclear war with North Korea or the U.S. losing our standing on the global landscape under a President Pence. For all his supposed religious demagoguery, Pence would be a sound and rational actor on the world stage.

Many liberals correctly call Pence a doctrinaire conservative, particularly on gay rights and other social issues. He’ll be forever tarnished because of his role in legitimizing Trump for mainstream conservatives, a calculation based on the vain hope that he could influence Trump. He has embarrassed himself in office by parroting Trump’s untruths and cheerleading for the boss.
But Pence is, at core, a small-d democrat, not a demagogue. The world would be safer with him in charge. We would still have fierce divisions about the nation’s direction. But Pence, in the nearly two decades I’ve known him, has been an honorable man. Opponents can disagree with him yet sleep well knowing he’s unlikely to be irrational.
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Many agree with Milbank's assessment that Pence would be a safer choice as president.

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But others are still skeptical. Even some of Trump's harshest critics still believe he is better than the Pence alternative.

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