You be the judge: Was Mike Pence able to sell Trump’s Muslim ban proposal after he once ripped it to shreds?

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Many Republicans  and conservatives are critical of Donald Trump‘s running mate choice of Indiana Governor Mike Pence. They list a variety of reasons, but the most compelling, especially in light of current events, is Governor Pence’s December criticism of Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslims who want to come into this country.

We can forgive him for supporting Ted Cruz, but let’s face it, anyone who doesn’t see the wisdom in Trump’s position these days is either a liberal or a complete idiot.

Thankfully, Mike Pence is neither. In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity last night, Pence was asked about his early criticism of Trump.

“I am very supportive of Donald Trump’s call to temporarily suspend immigration from countries where terrorist influence and impact represents a threat to the United States,” Pence said.

When asked if there was just a wording difference, the Indiana governor responded, “I’ve never hesitated to take issue with fellow Republicans when I don’t think things came out quite right or quite how I would have done it, but I want folks to know that I strongly agree with Donald Trump’s call that we’ve got to do something different.”

Listing several recent terror attacks including San Bernardino and Orlando, Pence insisted, “There is no higher priority than the safety and security of the American people.” He expressed the belief that Trump’s position “resonates with millions of Americans, is that we’ve got to find out what’s going on, and we’ve got to do something different, and we’ve got to put the safety and security of Americans first.”

Hannity then brought up the issues of the wall, what do with people who are already here, and the Syrian refugee program that Clinton wants to see a 550 percent increase in despite the fact that high level officials say ISIS WILL infiltrate the refugee population.

“That’s why Donald Trump is right in calling for a temporary suspension,” Pence said, then referred to when he himself suspended the Syrian refugee program in Indiana after getting similar data. We can and have a history of accepting refugees, but “it has to be subordinated to the safety and security of the American people.”

“I think it’s reckless and irresponsible for Hillary Clinton to call for a 550 percent increase in the Syrian refugee program at a time of such peril to the United States and her allies. And let me point out that President Barack Obama used his authority in 2009 to suspend the Iraqi refugee program when two Iraqi refugees were found to be plotting a terrorist attack in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The president can suspend this program unilaterally,” which is what Pence says Obama did for 6 months with the Iraqi program.

When asked if his position on immigration lines up with Trump’s, including the wall and Mexico paying for it, Pence responded, “Absolutely. That president that we mentioned before said a nation without borders is not a nation. And building the wall, establishing border security, has to be job one. Internal enforcement. We are a nation of laws and we have to uphold those laws.”

“I have rejected through my career amnesty, but I believe we need to focus first and foremost, as Donald Trump has done with such force and such passion, on border integrity, and building the wall, and internal enforcement.”

While Pence does think there should be a “no amnesty, guest worker” program, “everything begins with border security.”

What the interview segment below:

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Scott Morefield

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