Actress Ellen Page directly called out Vice President Mike Pence and his past of supporting legislation that hurts the LGBT community
Page, who rose to fame in her leading roll in the film “Juno,” came out as a gay woman in 2014 and has been advocating for LGBT rights ever since. The actress was angry on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” citing the recent alleged hate crime attack on gay actor Jussie Smollett this week.
“It feels impossible not to feel this way now with the president and Vice President Mike Pence who wishes I couldn’t be married,” Page said. “Let’s be clear. The vice president of America wishes I didn’t have the love I have with my wife.”
Pence was a stark critic of marriage equality and fought to keep homosexual marriage illegal in the United States. As Time reported, Pence was in support constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman. He opposed legislation that would’ve prevented workplace discrimination of LGBT people. He was against repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
As IJR previously reported, Pence spoke out against condom use and safe needle use when the state of Indiana faced an HIV/AIDS crisis. He has spoken in favor of gay conversion therapy. Currently, he is in the administration that is trying to ban transgender people from serving in the military.
“He has hurt LGBTQ people so badly as the governor of Indiana,” Page said, asking viewers to “connect the dots” between hateful legislation and hate crimes.
“This is what happens. If you are in a position of power and you hate people and you want to cause suffering to them, you go through the trouble, you spend your career trying to cause suffering, what do you think is going to happen? Kids are going to be abused, and they’re going to kill themselves, and people are going to be beaten on the street. I have traveled the world, and I have met the most marginalized people you could meet. I am lucky to have this time and the privilege to say this. This needs to fucking stop.”
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Page’s claim is backed by correlating FBI data. According to Forbes, hate crimes jumped 17 percent from 2016 to 2017 in the U.S. — the highest jump since 9/11 created a ripple effect of anti-Muslim hate crimes.
When asked about the attack on Smollett this week, Trump said that it was “horrible.” “It doesn’t get worse, as far as I’m concerned.” He then changed the subject to his plan for a southern border wall.
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NEW: Pres. Trump on alleged racist and homophobic attack against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett: "It was horrible. I've seen it, last night. I think that's horrible. It doesn't get worse, as far as I'm concerned." https://t.co/vds7CBwc0T pic.twitter.com/aVIa7p0kUN
— ABC News (@ABC) January 31, 2019