While campaigning in Iowa Tuesday night, Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence advised a supporter against staging a “revolution” in the event that Hillary Clinton is elected president.
The call to action came from a woman named Ronda, who explained that she’s been “on social media all day, every day, nonstop, since last June pushin’ Trump.” She said she became very concerned about voter fraud.
“Our lives depend on this election, our kids’ futures depend on this election,” she said. “If Hillary Clinton gets in, I myself, I’m ready for a revolution because we can’t have her in.”
“Don’t say that,” Pence interjected, attempting to temper her outrage with a slight wave of his hand.
But Ronda was not easily rebuffed.
“No, I’m like Trump,” she said, eliciting applause and a few cheers from the crowd. “Do I not speak for people here? Am I not saying the truth, guys? Come on.”
The Indiana governor has spent the past several days rejecting rumors that he might ditch Donald Trump’s ticket amid controversy over a 2005 recording of a then newly married Trump making lewd comments about groping women, among other things.
Pence stated over the weekend that he was “offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump in the eleven-year-old video.”
Still, Pence made clear Tuesday night that although he’s committed to stand by his man, he would do so on his terms. Whereas the brash billionaire at the top of the ticket may have gone on another one of his riffs about the election being “rigged,” Pence told Ronda to stay focused on the election.
“There’s a revolution coming on November the 8th, I promise you,” Pence said.
Apparently unsatisfied, Ronda asked, “What are we gonna do to safeguard our votes?” And Pence offered a rational, albeit dry, response to her concern about voter fraud, which in-depth news investigations have determined is insignificant.
Pence said the best way to ensure that “our elected officials are upholding the principle of one person, one vote” is to be involved in the election process.
“If you are concerned about voter integrity and you haven’t signed up to be a poll watcher, to volunteer at a polling place, to be a part of the integrity of that process, then you need to do it,” he said.