Mike Pence: ‘Smoking Doesn’t Kill’ And Other Frighteningly Anti-Science Beliefs From Trump’s VP

While most of us in the political world thought that Trump was going to completely sew up the loud, obnoxious and bombastic a-hole vote by choosing pretend NJ Governor Chris Christie, Trump simply couldn’t have ANYONE outshine him in the narcissistic a-hole department. Instead, he capitulated to the virulently anti-gay and anti-science wing (the only wing) of the Republican party by choosing ultra- conservative Indiana  governor Mike Pence.

Mike Pence might be a vanilla cipher, but his beliefs are beyond dangerous. 

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Here are just a few of the crazier anti-science things Mike Pence believes:

  1. “Smoking doesn’t kill.”

Can anyone say tobacco lobbyist w*ore? It’s not exactly a conspiracy that smoking will eventually kill you. In fact, the World Health Organization says tobacco products kill half of the people who use them, as this Mother Jones piece points out. But Buzzfeed was able to uncover a previous statement made by Pence in which he denies that.

“Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill.”

Yes, the surgeon general is such a basket case!

2. “I think the science is very mixed on the subject of global warming.”

Here we go again! Repeat after me, industry-bought and/or miserably uninformed conservatives republicans: 97 percent of ACTUAL scientists agree that climate change is real! But a Christian politician from Indiana certainly knows best. I wonder if he’ll catch on to this whole gravity thing soon.

3. “Abortion-inducing drugs can be very dangerous”

Ah, worshiping the fetus! And we find yet another ridiculously easily refutable claim made by the Christofascist Indiana governor. The statement was in reference to a bill he signed as governor in 2013, which imposed harsh restrictions on abortion clinics — the same type of restrictions the U.S. Supreme Court smacked down last month. But the claim, like the ones made in Texas and other states, is not grounded in scientific fact.

From Popular Science:

In Indiana, the abortion pill in question was mifepristone, which has been in use in this country for 15 years and around the globe for 35 years. The drug works by suppressing progesterone, which the body needs to sustain a pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends it. And it’s not just for women seeking abortions: It is also used to treat an incomplete miscarriage.

Mike Pence may look and seem like an innocuous and  bland white guy, but he’s actually quite dangerous.

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