It's undeniable that Donald Trump has chosen for his running mate a fellow stick-to-your-guns personality. While addressing Christian students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, Mike Pence came out with some hard-hitting statements addressing students' concerns over Trump's 2005 crude sexual remarks.
Speaking to a large crowd at the same location where Ted Cruz chose to announce his bid for president, Pence made it clear that he believes "men and women of faith cannot stand idly by" and not vote for Trump.
He added that “Nowhere does it teach in the Bible that we are to sit on the sidelines of history. And this is no time for the people of faith to sit on the sidelines. Shortcomings are no excuse for inaction. I would submit to each and every one of you, when you think about this choice and how dramatic it is, now’s the time to stay the course. Not to flinch in the face of harsh political winds.”
Pence, a vocal Christian, appealed to the students' faith, saying, “As a believer, I believe we are called to live godly lives, but we also recognize that we all fall short. It's not about condoning what was said and done; it's about believing in grace and forgiveness. As Christians we are called to forgive, even as we've been forgiven."
He also invoked a past president, saying, "In his famous 'evil empire' speech in Orlando, Florida, President Ronald Reagan actually said, in an address delivered to the National Association of Evangelicals, these words. He said, quote, 'I urge you to beware the temptation of pride, the temptation of blithefully declaring yourselves above it all, and label both sides equally at fault.' His admonition to the people of faith, to avoid the trap of inaction, is as relevant today as it was then. Maybe even more so."
Pence went beyond addressing the two presidential candidates personal lives and spoke about what they're fighting for, saying, "This election is not just a choice between two people. It's really a choice between two futures. For me, for my family, we choose a stronger America. We choose a more prosperous America. We choose an America that upholds our highest Constitutional traditions. So we choose to stand with Donald Trump and every American who believes we can make America great again!"
What do you think of this?
Watch the full event below:
(Editor's note: Pence takes the stage at 11:30. Pence addresses Trump's comments at 21:15.)