Is Mike Pence OK with Donald Trump’s bigoted remarks?

Published 4:43 PM EDT, Sat July 16, 2016

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Editor’s Note: Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM’s weekly program “The Dean Obeidallah Show,” a columnist for The Daily Beast and editor of the politics blog The Dean’s Report. Follow him on Twitter: @TheDeansreport. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.

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Now that Donald Trump has made it official that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be his vice presidential candidate, the media needs to ask Pence one critically important question: “Why would you agree to be the running mate to a man who has spewed so much sexism, bigotry and racism?”

We are not talking about the typical scenario where a presidential and vice presidential candidate differ on a few policy issues. This is far different. Trump has waged a campaign, as Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center explained on my SiriusXM radio show this week, that arguably is the most hate-filled in modern day politics since pro-segregationist George Wallace’s campaign in 1968.