Mike Pence sat “red-faced” in a church pew on Sunday listening to a pastor denounce Donald Trump.
On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife attended church services in Largo, Maryland at the historically black church, Metropolitan Baptist. I’m guessing they never imagined that the Pastor of the church would tear into Donald Trump. But that’s exactly what Pastor Dr. Maurice Watson did.
Watson was particularly upset about Trump’s racist comments this week when he referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shitholes.”
“I stand today as your Pastor to vehemently denounce and reject any such characterizations of The nations of Africa and of our brothers and sisters in Haiti,” Watson said.
Watson said that Trump’s racist remarks were “dehumanizing” and “ugly.”
Local TV station WUSA9 reported that Pence “became visibly red-faced at times throughout the [pastor’s] speech.”
Whether Pence was angry or embarrassed, it was clear that he was uncomfortable hearing the truth about Trump in the church service. Following reporting of the story, Pence’s office sent an email to the Associated Press saying that Pence didn’t have a red face.
Pastor Watson never used Trump’s name. But it was very clear to everyone, including Pence, who he was talking about. Watson said,
“And I further say: Whoever made such a statement, whoever used such a visceral, disrespectful, dehumanizing adjective to characterize the nations of Africa, whoever said it, is wrong. And they ought to be held accountable.”
The congregation then jumped to their feet and applauded.
Watson said that he was “led by God” to speak up. And he pointed out that many members of his church were from Haiti and African nations.
The service on Sunday was live streamed on the church’s Facebook page.