Leftists should oppose Trump impeachment

Mike Pence as successor only intensifies problems


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Donald Trump and Mike Pence speak before an immigration policy speech in Phoenix, AZ. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Vaughn Battista

With Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump’s Russian connections gaining traction, many Democrats believe that his impeachment is imminent. But while the Russian collusion debate rages on, few consider that removing Trump could lead to an even worse president: Mike Pence.

While many accuse Trump of being homophobic, Trump often separates his personal views from what he actually does in office. Despite his transgender military ban, Trump is far less opposed to LGBT rights than the rest of his party, according to The New York Times.

Unlike Trump, Pence has a strong record of opposing laws that protect same-sex marriage. According to TIME, Pence supported an amendment that would redefine marriage as between a man and a woman and said that gay marriage contributed to “societal collapse.” He also repeatedly voted against nondiscrimination laws such as the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military.

While Trump’s most vocal critics point out his immigration policies as one of his worst attributes, Pence’s are equally aggressive. He expressed support for the strictest proposed legislation on illegal immigration in the nation’s history, according to Fox News. Pence also opposed amnesty programs, birthright citizenship and the employment of illegal immigrants. This suggests that Pence would maintain Trump’s most controversial immigration policies, such as family separation and the travel ban.

All of Pence’s positions reflect this pattern. He actively wants to repeal Roe v. Wade, fought against the Affordable Care Act and repealed legislation regulating the amount of fossil fuels that companies can produce, according to Politico. None of his ideas show any difference between himself and Trump.

Trump’s impulsive temperament and xenophobic comments have garnered lots of criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike, but these personality traits pale in comparison to the actual policy that his vice president has supported. At best, Pence would just continue Trump’s policies, but he likely would fight even harder against LGBT and reproductive rights. Every policy he has either matches or exceeds Trump’s extremity. The Democratic party should not try to replace Trump with a man even worse than himself.