When Mike Pence is inaugurated as Vice President of the United States on Thursday, his conservative beliefs are bound to drive liberals crazy—but Pence recently announced two things about his inauguration that are sure to drive liberals crazy: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will deliver his oath of office, and Pence will take the oath with his hand resting on Ronald Reagan’s family bible.
Despite constant cries of racism against Trump and Pence, Pence’s choice of Justice Thomas is historic: he will be the first African-American in American history to deliver the oath of office to a President or Vice President.
Thomas, despite being one of the most senior-ranking African-American government officials in history, has long been despised by the left for his conservative political beliefs. Most notably, there was little mention of him or his accomplishments at the new National Museum of African-American History and Culture that opened last year—even though there was an entire exhibit dedicated to Anita Hill, a professor who nearly derailed Thomas’s confirmation by accusing him of sexual assault.
But Pence’s direct reference to Ronald Reagan—using his bible—is sure to leave liberals fuming, too. Reagan’s bible was a family heirloom, given to him by his mother—and the Gipper used it for all four of his inaugurations: his two presidential inaugurations in 1981 and 1985, and his two inaugurations as Governor of California in 1967 and 1971, as well.
Pence will have the bible open to the same passage that Reagan did for each of his inaugurations—II Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”