“I made an unfortunate statement,” Pence said. “Let me just say my remarks at the Republican Conference, following the Supreme Court decision, were thoughtless.”
Pence, in a call with Indiana reporters, did not address whether he was comparing the justices to terrorists.
Instead, he said he “certainly did not intend to minimize any tragedy our nation has faced, and I apologize.”
Asked for the context of his remarks, Pence said he made the comments at the GOP meeting within an hour of the Supreme Court decision being announced.
“I had the opportunity as a former chairman of the conference to address the group. As I said, my remarks following the Supreme Court decision were thoughtless and I never intended to minimize any tragedy our nation has faced and I apologize,” he said. “I certainly did not intend to make any such comparison (of the ruling to the 9/11 terrorist attacks) but let me just say to the extent that it’s been reported, to the extent that people interpreted my remarks that way, I apologize.”I suppose some would agree with the similarities, particularly the 9/11 Truthers who remain convinced that our own government was at least complicit, if not a participant in a false flag operation intended to seize more government control over the American people's lives. If you agree with the four justices who dissented in today's Supreme Court decision, you see today's decision as placing "liberty at peril." Be that as it may, Pence's comments will be seized upon by his critics as a further indication that he is too much of an extremist to serve as our state's governor. Indiana Democrats, meanwhile, put out a press release applauding Chief Justice John Roberts for setting aside partisanship and voting to uphold the Affordable Care Act. The executive director of the Democratic National Committee was less diplomatic in reacting to today's decision. "It's constitutional, Bitches," Patrick Gaspard tweeted. He followed up by saying that he let his excitement "get the better of me."