Mike Pence Dodged a Young Girl’s Question About Self-Esteem

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It seems like Mike Pence is having an off week, which is to be expected after a number of sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against his running mate, Donald Trump. Perhaps that’s why Pence wasn’t quite able to answer a reporter’s question on Thursday during a campaign stop in Columbus, Ohio.

While there, a local TV reporter asked Pence what he would say to a young girl who had commented that Trump’s words in campaign commercials (presumably about women’s bodies) made her “feel bad” about herself. Pence’s answer? Hillary Clinton and foreign policy.

Here’s the exchange in full:

Reporter: There was a Girl Scout troop, came to our station the other day for a tour, and afterward, there was an 11-year-old girl who told our staff, and she said this completely unsolicited. She was talking about Donald Trump’s words in campaign commercials. She said this: “When I hear those words and look in the mirror, they make me feel bad about myself.” Again, she said that totally unsolicited. What would you say to that 11-year-old girl?

Pence: “Well, I would say to any one of my kids and any children in this country that Donald Trump and I are committed to a safer and more prosperous future for their family. The weak and feckless foreign policy that Hillary Clinton promises to continue has literally caused wider areas of the world to spin apart, the rise of terrorist threats that have inspired violence here at home, and we’ve seen an erosion of law and order in our streets. And we’ve seen opportunities and jobs evaporate and even leave Ohio and leave this country. I would say to any of our kids that if Donald Trump and I have the chance to serve in the White House, that we’re going to work every day for a stronger, safer and more prosperous America.”

Hmm, pretty sure that’s not what the Girl Scout was looking for.