Pence de Ranged: GOP Rep. Mike Pence Likens SCOTUS Ruling To 9/11 Attacks

In the sweepstakes for the most deranged reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Heritage Foundation/Newt Gingrich/Mitt Romney-sired individual health care mandate, we have a winner. Politico is reporting that, upon hearing the ruling, Republican Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) likened the Supreme Court’s decision to the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

From Politico‘s Jake Sherman:

In a closed door House GOP meeting Thursday, Indiana congressman and gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence likened the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Democratic health care law to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to several sources present.

He immediately apologized.

“My remarks at the Republican Conference following the Supreme Court decision were thoughtless. I certainly did not intend to minimize any tragedy our nation has faced and I apologize,” Pence said in a statement to POLITICO.

Good on Pence for apologizing, but just to illustrate the level of derangement it took for Pence to make that comparison in the first place, take a look at what Rep. Pence had to say about those attacks a few months ago. This was no abstraction for Pence; he wasn’t sequestered safely in flyover country when those attacks took place, he was right there. Here’s hoping the Affordable Care Act contains a provision covering free chill pills for all Republicans:

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