Mr. Pence needs Mr. Trump

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re­gard­ing E.J. Dionne Jr.’s July 13 op-ed, “Will Repub­li­cans ever break free of Trump?”:

Vice Pres­i­dent Pence will never con­sider break­ing away from Pres­i­dent Trump. Mr. Pence and ul­tra­right re­li­gion­ists are to­tally be­holden to Mr. Trump for his ad­vance­ment of their agenda, which in­cludes pur­su­ing a more con­ser­va­tive Supreme Court, ap­point­ing some­one to head the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment who fa­vors pri­vate and re­li­gious-af­fil­i­ated schools over pub­lic schools, and en­cour­ag­ing a more ac­tive in­volve­ment of churches in U.S. po­lit­i­cal and gov­ern­men­tal af­fairs.

The sepa­ra­tion of church and state is be­ing se­ri­ously threat­ened by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, and the driv­ing force be­hind that may be the height­ened in­flu­ence of Mr. Pence, with his demon­strated strongly con­ser­va­tive re­li­gious views. If you were in Mr. Pence’s po­si­tion, with his per­sonal in­ter­ests and ap­par­ent goals, would you leave?

Harry Flickinger, Bethany Beach, Del.

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