Just Mike Pence being Mike Pence. 

Courtesy of Truthout

The White House streamed a homophobic church service attended by Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday, during which a preacher claimed that a “demonic spirit” is behind homosexuality.

The video, which is still available on the official White House YouTube page, showed Pence promising to “stand strong for the values that you hold dear” while speaking at the Holy City Church of God in Christ in Memphis.

Moments after Pence’s remarks, Bishop Jerry Wayne Taylor launched into a rant about homosexuality.

“We have to encourage young men and women to get married,” Taylor said. “It’s a demonic spirit that causes a woman to want to lie with another woman. It’s a demonic spirit that causes a man to be attracted to another man.”

Taylor claimed that gay people were “trying to destroy” the principle of marriage and “cut off the reproduction process.”

“Two men can’t have a baby,” he said. “Two women can’t have a baby.”

Taylor went on to call homosexuality “unnatural,” citing a debunked myth that same-sex attraction does not exist among other species. “You never see two male animals coming together,” he said. “We’ve got to expose what the devil is doing.”

Taylor also attacked transgender people during his sermon. “He made a man to be a man,” Taylor said. “If you want to know what God made you, when you go to the bathroom, just check your plumbing.”

Taylor’s comments came after Bishop Vincent Matthews Jr. lamented that Pence was “one of the most persecuted Christians in America.”

After the sermon, Pence praised the church for uniting people and invoked Martin Luther King Jr. “In these divided times,” the vice president tweeted, “let us remember Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr as he challenged the conscience of a nation and touched the hearts of millions of Americans.”

Just a reminder that if we successfully remove Trump from office we are still stuck with this asshole.

It would be optimum if they could both be removed from office at the same time but I don’t see that happening. 

Of course I also don’t see a Mike Pence winning a presidential election if Trump is not at the top of the ticket.