Donald Trump tried to kiss his running mate and it was very awkward
Donald Trump awkwardly tried to kiss his VP running mate at Republican National Convention.
Trump recently appointed Indiana’s anti-LGBT Governor Mike Pence as his running mate. Pence stirred up international outrage last year when he signed the controversial ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’, which gives businesses the right to discriminate against gay people on the grounds of religion.
Governor Pence has previously suggested that HIV prevention funding be drained in order to fund state-sponsored ‘gay cure’ therapy, and earlier this year appeared unable to answer when asked whether it should be legal to fire people because of their sexuality.
Trump and Pence already appear to have a strained relationship, with the press remaking on the pair’s stilted 60 Minutes interview earlier this week, and their refusal to hit the campaign trail together.
But making a joint appearance at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Ohio this week, Trump took the awkwardness to a whole new level with an air kiss.
Video: The Trump-Pence air kiss https://t.co/sp3R1Vp8go
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 21, 2016
The Republican Presidential hopeful leaned in for a peck with Pence, only to find himself spurned by the VP. Luckily there was no physical contact, so Pence won’t be needing to ‘cure’ himself this week.
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Queen fans were pretty outraged to hear Trump blasting the song ‘We Are the Champions’ to the crowd after speaking at the RNC.
Freddie Mercury died of AIDS-related illness in 1991, and his death helped bring a focus to the illness that led to the very HIV prevention funding that Pence so enthusiastically tried to axe.
The surviving members of the band confirmed it was “an unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes”.
Lambert, who has toured the world with the surviving members in tribute to Mercury, tore into the disrespectful act.
He said: “If your political party spends decades treating gay people as second-class citizens, guess what: you don’t get to use Freddie Mercury’s music at your convention.”