Vice President Mike Pence is undeservedly having an awful week. And it's only Tuesday.
This past weekend, the mainstream media showered Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, for (what the kids call) "throwing shade" at Pence during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Kim Yo Jong is the deputy director of the Propaganda and Agitations Department within the Kim regime in North Korea. She's complicit in the deaths and suffering of over 25 million North Koreans.
How insulting must it be to have the media from your country give more favorable coverage to a dictator's regime and his family who are very much involved in its brutality than to their own vice president? We'll never know how Pence really feels about the whole ordeal being as cool as a cucumber.
Yet again, Pence was slammed by outlets for sitting during the Korean delegation's entrance, comparing him to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick over the national anthem protests. The truth of the matter is that Pence only applauded for U.S. athletes, and that's it.
However, the hits keep on coming for Pence.
On Monday night's episode of "Celebrity Big Brother," former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman spilled more beans about the Trump administration, specifically saying how "scary" the vice president is compared to her former boss, President Trump.
"As bad as y’all think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence," Omarosa said. "Everybody who’s wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider. We would be begging for the days of Trump back if Pence became president."
She continued. "He’s extreme. I’m Christian, I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things."
Of course, these type of comments coming from a former White House official will drive headlines. Yet, we have to remember that Omarosa is on a reality television show, and could arguably be saying such things to drive intrigue for the purpose of gaining viewers. However, her words could serve as a fair warning to the millions of Democrats who want Trump impeached that they'll get Pence as a result if Trump leaves office before his term is up.
For some reason, Pence might be scary to the millions of women, minorities, or LGBTQ+ folks for his religious and political beliefs that diametrically oppose their worldview. But since he and Trump have been in office, is there any case to be made that fear is justified?
It's fear-mongering at its finest. Pence certainly isn't worse than former Vice President Joe Biden, who mishandled Anita Hill's testimony of sexual harassment during Clarence Thomas' confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court and has racked up gaffe after gaffe of inappropriately touching women. (Our editorial today offers the minority view that Pence is not worse than Kim Jong Un.)
So, give Pence a break. When he's deserving of criticism, it'll certainly be sent his way. But he, along with his wife, Karen, doesn't deserve the type of scorn he's received this past week.
Siraj Hashmi is a commentary video editor and writer for the Washington Examiner.