Last week, Vice President Mike Pence was given the most thankless job in the federal government when he appointed the leader of the Coronavirus task force. Everyone who has seen any of these global diseases before knows that they will get worse before they get better, because it takes time to develop vaccines or to properly inform and test the public. While it was to be expected that the left was going to take political advantage of the situation, the addition of Mike Pence on the team exposed the left’s hatred for another group besides Republicans: the religious.
Mike Pence, more so than any other member of the administration, is frequently subjected to these attacks. He was widely criticized for his policy on not dining alone with a woman who wasn’t his wife and not attending parties with alcohol without his wife present. Even in the #MeToo era, his stance was criticized. His wife, Karen Pence, was subjected to disgusting rhetoric when she went to teach in a religious school that upheld traditional definitions of marriage. Pence is considered a homophobic bigot simply because he is a religious person. He is considered “anti-science” because he is a religious person.
Democrats have taken Pence to the woodchipper when he was appointed the leader of the task force, using the claim that he is “anti-science.” On MSNBC, Elizabeth Warren accused Pence of causing an HIV crisis when he was governor of Indiana.
“He is actually the one guy around who has experience in dealing with a virus that gets out of control, only he’s the guy who went in exactly the wrong direction,” she said. Warren was referring to Pence’s opposition to needle exchanges, which has been shown to contain HIV outbreaks. However, cities that have needle exchange programs, like Los Angeles and San Francisco, have homeless junkies shooting up on the street and tossing their needles on the ground. Warren dismisses that for the quick jab at Pence.
“He paid more attention to politics than he did to science, and that really created a health crisis in his state of Indiana. I cannot think of a worse person to put in charge of dealing with this coronavirus now,” she added.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez added to the Pence bash-a-thon on Twitter.
“Mike Pence literally does not believe in science,” wrote AOC. “It is utterly irresponsible to put him in charge of U.S. coronavirus response as the world sits on the cusp of a pandemic. This decision could cost people their lives. Pence’s past decisions already have.” The height of irony is AOC attacking anyone’s scientific credentials when she would have a difficult time defining what a woman is or when life begins.
These attacks were the subtle ones; others went directly after Pence’s faith. Thomas Chatterton Williams, contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, tweeted a picture of the coronavirus task force praying.
“Mike Pence and his coronavirus emergency team praying for a solution,” he captioned. “We are so screwed.”
Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth said on CNN, “They certainly need someone at the head of their efforts who actually believes in science, not Vice President Pence, a guy who says, you know, he’ll just pray over these things.” Political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz published a cartoon of Mike Pence holding a cross to a coronavirus germ saying, “Get thee away, coronavirus.”
These reactions are typical of the left, which has demonized people of faith consistently for years. This is the left that booed God during the 2012 DNC. This is the left that published “God Isn’t Fixing This” after a mass shooting in 2015. This preceded the Trump administration, so while Mike Pence isn’t the first target of these attacks, he is currently the most prominent.
The anti-religious attacks go hand-in-hand with the “science denial” attacks. Leftists who despise religion think that science and religion are at odds with each other, when clearly the opposite is true (and countless books have been written about this for generations). It is easier for AOC, Tammy Duckworth, or Elizabeth Warren to claim that Mike Pence is anti-science because he doesn’t subscribe to the Green New Deal than to grapple with the fact that his faith helps strengthen him and his convictions. It is simpler for Alcaraz and Williams to denigrate the hundreds of millions of religious people in this country than to confront the fact that there are people who are different than them. Pence’s mere appointment as the head of this task force exposes that hatred.
Mike Pence has been given a thankless job that has little to no upside. Attacking him as a leader of this task force is one thing. Dragging down the religious community while you do it is outright despicable.
Moshe Hill is a Fellow for Chovevei Zion, political analyst and columnist. His work can be found on his blog, www.aHillwithaView.com. You can follow on Twitter @TheMoHill and on Facebook @aHillwithaView.