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Wed Aug 12, 2020, 10:07 PM

George Takei: Mike Pence wilts in the face of concerted opposition and pressure.


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George Takei
@GeorgeTakei

Aug 12, 2020
Let me tell you about when we took on Mike Pence in Indiana. He had just signed a "Religious Freedom" law that made it legal for establishments to discriminate against serving LGBTQs based on the sincere religious beliefs of the proprietors. / 1

Pence did it with the full backing of religious bigots who had worked hard to help get him to the governor's office. Business leaders didn't like the law. It made Indiana look backward, and it give bigotry the gloss of official sanction. So we started #BoycottIndiana. / 2

We got it trending on social media. And it worked. Big companies threatened to pull out of Indiana. Other states condemned the law. Mike Pence began back-pedaling, to the dismay of his conservative religious allies. In the end, he was forced to "qualify" the law.

The qualification made clear that nothing in the law was intended to permit discrimination against LGBTQs. His allies were pissed, and Pence was humiliated. He had been intending to run for president, and he backed down from that challenge given his damaged standing. / 4

Mike Pence wilts in the face of concerted opposition and pressure. That was what we learned in #BoycottIndiana. He has no backbone. It's why he's just a smarmy tool for Trump. And it's why Kamala Harris will eat him for lunch. / end



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Reply George Takei: Mike Pence wilts in the face of concerted opposition and pressure. (Original post)
soothsayer Aug 12 OP
herding cats Aug 12 #1
soothsayer Aug 12 #2
GopherGal Aug 13 #8
Blecht Aug 12 #3
Blue Owl Aug 12 #4
lindysalsagal Aug 12 #5
keithbvadu2 Aug 12 #6
Brother Buzz Aug 12 #7

Response to soothsayer (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 10:14 PM

1. Takei is 100% correct.

I remember this and Pence folded like a cheap suit.

As an aside, seeing Takei being full throttle serious lately should, hopefully, impart how critical a stage we're in right now. He's the nicest person on the planet, and even he's laser focused right now.

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Response to herding cats (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 10:17 PM

2. Yep.

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Response to herding cats (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 13, 2020, 07:59 PM

8. Once the business interests turned against it... it was all over.

The boycott hit 'em in the tender oh-so-holy pocketbook. Then Mommy's boy folded like an accordion. (okay, maybe not that noisily. like a lawn chair, then.)

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Response to soothsayer (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 10:21 PM

3. George is my favorite fellow American

I love that guy.

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Response to soothsayer (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 10:32 PM

4. I love seeing a confederate statue wilt

n/t

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Response to soothsayer (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 10:39 PM

5. Someone call Michael Moore to drive his gay bus around Pense's

office until he runs home to mother.

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Response to soothsayer (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 10:50 PM

6. Pence - Freedom of religion

Pence - Freedom of religion

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Response to soothsayer (Original post)

Wed Aug 12, 2020, 10:56 PM

7. Oh My! George Takei has been on a roll of late

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