Presumptive US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) greets Indiana Governor Mike Pence (L) during a campaign rally at Grant Park Event Center in Westfield, Indiana, on July 12, 2016. / AFP / Tasos KATOPODIS (Photo credit should read TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional.
— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) December 8, 2015
On Friday evening, however, during a lengthy interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Pence’s stance on the issue suddenly lined up with Trump’s. (You may recall that Trump backpedaled his proposed ban in June, saying he only wanted to focus on “people coming from the terror states.”)
Speaking to Hannity, Pence said, “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 added that he’s never hesitated to take issue with fellow Republicans when he disagrees with them. On this particular point, however, he said Trump is right that “we’ve got to find out what’s going on and we’ve got to do something different.”
“Donald Trump is right in calling for a temporary suspension [of refugees] from countries that have been compromised by terrorist influence,” he said. “There’s no question it’s the right view.”