Pence Gives Odd Answer To Young Girl Upset By Trump’s Remarks About Women

AP

It seems like a safe bet to assume that 11-year-olds’ primary concern is not “law and order” or that they might not know what it means to describe Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy as “feckless.”

Yet this was how Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) chose to answer a question posed by a Columbus TV host from a young girl upset over Donald Trump’s comments about women.

In a one-on-one interview with the Republican vice presidential nominee, WBNS anchor Scott Light recounted a Girl Scout troop’s recent visit to the news station.

“There was an 11-year-old girl who told our staff, and she said this completely unsolicited, she was talking about Donald Trump’s words in campaign commercials,” Light said, according to a transcript obtained by NBC’s Vaughn Hillyard. “She said this: ‘When I hear those words and look in the mirror, they make me feel bad about myself.’ And again, she said that totally unsolicited. What would you say to that little girl?”

“Well, I would say to any one of my kids and any children in this country that Donald Trump and I are committed to to a safer and more prosperous future for their family,” Pence replied. “The weak and feckless foreign policy that Hillary Clinton promises to continue has literally caused wider areas of the world to spin apart. The rise of terrorist threats that have inspired violence here at home, and we’ve seen an erosion of law and order in our streets.”

In case this dystopian vision didn’t do enough to reassure a puberty age girl about her self-image, the Indiana governor continued, discussing the jobs that have left Ohio and the U.S.

“I would say to any of our kids that if Donald Trump and I have the chance to serve in the White House that we’re going to work every day for a stronger, safer and more prosperous America,” Pence concluded.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK