Trump reportedly joked that Mike Pence wants to 'hang' all gays

Vice President Mike Pence.
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President Trump considers Vice President Mike Pence "one of his best decisions," pollster Tony Fabrizio told The New Yorker, but a look behind the scenes raises questions about how the strange bedfellows really get along. Trump in fact came so close to not picking Pence as a running mate that he outright asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie if he was "ready to do this with me." Trump's former campaign manager, Stephen Bannon, privately considered Pence "the price we pay" and "an unfortunate necessity." And when pressed by reporter Jane Mayer about whether he shared "Pence's deeply conservative social views," Trump "became uncharacteristically silent."

People close to the Trump campaign and administration added that the president is not so hesitant to express his opinion of Pence's values in private, reportedly even resorting to cruel and disturbing mockery:

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