Trump doesn't care about the Republican agenda, while Pence apparently does. Trump is willing to go along with it as long as the Republicans toe his line, but he doesn't really care about it, so it isn't being pushed all that hard. But if Pence became president, he would be pushing it. That's why I think he would be worse. It's not that I think he's a worse person than Trump, but his policies and politics would be worse because of his ideology and the fact that he would be pretty vigorous in pursuing it - in trying to make reality conform to it, in other words.
I'm extrapolating here:
a) it is more likely that people will be disenfranchised and hurt under a Pence presidency vs. a Trump presidency
b) more people will likely be disenfranchised and hurt under a Pence presidency vs. a Trump presidency
Would at least
one of those be correct, in your opinion? If so that's where I think we digress. I am of the opinion that it is more likely that people will be disenfranchised and hurt under a Trump presidency vs. a Pence presidency. Trump's disregard
for, well, damn near everything that isn't praise be to him poses a more likely manifest danger than Pence's convictions of ideology. Pence will push with more fervor but could, in principle, be persuaded
to change course. I'm not saying that such changes must come from a place of integrity, i.e. he could change course simply to 'save face for his political career' or somesuch. But it could in principle be done.
It seems like that would be a nigh-impossible task in Trump's case. He doubles down on claims that can, quite easily
, be shown to be utterly false
, and will continue making decisions and taking actions based on those claims. It is ridiculous, and it is a little scary. If he gets it in his head to blatantly oppress an entire group of people for, well, whatever the hell reasons he has in his head, he'll puke out a narrative that constructs a justification for that oppression and emotionally rally his support base via fear-mongering and promises of streets of gold.
The problem is, reality has a way of not conforming to any particular ideology. So unless the ideology can deal with the curveballs that reality regularly chucks, it'll cause more problems than it's worth. And when you get right down to it, I don't think Pence's can. Not just because of unsupported and unsupportable assumptions, but because of the things which he holds which actually run contrary to reality, like his beliefs on abortion and homosexuality.
See, to me, that tells me that it is possible to construct roadblocks against actual implementation of detrimental ideology in a way that you can't make roadblocks with Trump and his stream of consciousness arrogance-driven non-agenda.
This opinion, by the by, is highly speculative obviously and it's rather difficult to separate my assessment of the situation from my emotionally-charged disgust for Trump as a human being, and I have to incorporate my higher brain-functions to convince myself that it is correct and appropriate to refer to him as a human being. That's
how strong my disgust for him is at this moment.