A Little Boy Called Out Mike Pence For “Softening Up” Trump’s Horrible Words

The Republican presidential ticket has created a continuous stream of controversy, with Donald Trump saying something incredibly offensive and his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, saying another thing entirely. During a North Carolina town hall Thursday, an 11-year-old boy called out Pence for cleaning up Trump’s messes, becoming everyone’s hero. “I’ve been watching the news lately, and I’ve been noticing that you’ve been kind of softening up on Mr. Trump’s policies and words. Is this going to be your role in the administration?” asked the boy, named Matthew.

The crowd burst out in laughter, and Pence attempted to play it off, saying, “Let me tell you, Matthew — number one: this boy’s got a future.” Pence continued, “Let me tell you what, I couldn’t be more proud to stand with Donald Trump, and we are shoulder to shoulder in this campaign, my friend. What I’ve learned, Matthew, and you’ll learn it when you’re governor of North Carolina… is, you know, sometimes things don’t always come out like mean.” But also, sometimes things come out exactly how you mean, but you have to backtrack when people start to revolt.

We have different styles — you might have noticed that,” Pence tried to explain. “I said at our convention… ‘We’ve nominated someone who’s larger than life, known for charisma, so they wanted to kind of balance the ticket.'”

The most notable instance of Pence trying to save Trump’s ass recently was after the Republican presidential nominee attacked Khizr Khan, the father of an Army captain killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq, for his remarks at the Democratic National Convention. Trump told MSNBC News of Khan, “His wife, if you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say.” The next day, Pence released a statement saying, “Donald Trump and I believe that Captain Humayun Khan is an American hero and his family, like all Gold Star families, should be cherished by every American.” Trump continued to bad mouth Khan nonetheless.

There’s no denying Pence acts differently than Trump and has been doing damage control for the campaign to some degree, but they also just don’t agree on a lot of things, despite how often Pence says they’re “shoulder to shoulder.” Before entering the race himself, Pence denounced Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. as unconstitutional and praised the Trans Pacific Partnership, which Trump has called “a terrible deal.” Since becoming his VP pick, he has contradicted Trump in supporting House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain for reelection, on whether the press should have access to their campaign, and whether politicians should call others names (which Trump is very fond of doing).

However, Pence decided to attach himself to Team Trump, which inevitably comes with the job of following up all of the candidate’s comments with less offensive, and sometimes completely contradictory, statements. Even this 11-year-old boys sees that.