Mike Pence’s record on AIDS comes up amid Trump’s SOTU pledge

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President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night that the United States would “defeat” AIDS in the near future.

The president asked Congress to “make the needed commitment” to eliminate the AIDS within 10 years. However, as many people pointed out online, Trump asking for that “commitment” while standing in front of Vice President Mike Pence rang hollow.

Pence, while the governor of Indiana, was hesitant in signing an executive order to allow for clean needle exchanges amid an HIV outbreak in 2015, according to reports. His decision prolonged the epidemic.

Given the vice president’s history with AIDS, people quickly criticized the president’s remarks.

That HIV/AIDS line would be a bit more convincing without Pence over his shoulder.

— Garnet, Amethyst, & Pearl, and… (@itsAlexCL) February 6, 2019


Pence applauding awfully hard at the “combatting AIDS” section for a guy that oversaw an AIDS outbreak in Indiana #SOTU2019

— John Miguel McCauley (@Mickey_McCauley) February 6, 2019


Just a reminder that Mike Pence wanted to cut the AIDS budget in Indiana and spend the money instead on curing gays of being gay.

— John Aravosis 🇺🇸 (@aravosis) February 6, 2019


Mike Pence clapping at Trump saying we’re gonna beat AIDS is quite something. The same Mike Pence who enabled an HIV outbreak in Indiana, unless you count periodic software upgrades as a change in him. -H pic.twitter.com/N8Ns6WCM7W

— Heather & Jessica (@fuggirls) February 6, 2019


I would love to see Trump eliminate HIV/AIDS in the United States. He can start by providing health care to all Americans with #MedicareForAll. He can also start by asking for the resignation of Vice President Pence, who enabled the worst HIV outbreak in Indiana history.

— Hale “Hale” Mc (@halemcs) February 6, 2019


Has anyone ever looked more disappointed than Mike Pence upon learning that we are going to fight AIDS? #SOTU

— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) February 6, 2019


The vice president did speak at an event honoring World AIDS Day last year.


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