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Mike Pence's 1999 Anti-'Mulan' Op-Ed Is A Rant Against Women In Combat

Mike Pence once wrote an op-ed where he accused Disney's "Mulan" of trying to convince kids that women belong in combat roles in the military.

By Grant Suneson | July 18, 2016

Now that Mike Pence is the official choice to join Donald Trump on the Republican ticket, his background is being thoroughly examined.

One story BuzzFeed uncovered is an op-ed from Pence’s old radio show calling the 1998 Disney film "Mulan" liberal propaganda.

Pence wrote, "I suspect that some mischievous liberal at Disney assumes that Mulan's story will cause a quiet change in the next generation's attitude about women in combat and they just might be right."

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In his argument, Pence cited real-life military scandals in which officers were convicted of raping female soldiers. He ended it with a line that reads, "Moral of story: women in military, bad idea."

Many find that to be problematic. Fortune wrote, "Pence's argument is two-fold: Women are too fragile to fight and soldiers are incapable of behaving like the professionals they are."

His running mate seems to agree with those assertions. In 2013, Trump tweeted: "26,000 unreported sexual [assaults] in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?"

It's worth noting that Pence's op-ed was from 1999, so it's entirely possible he may have changed his position. But as governor of Indiana, he didn't do much to endear himself to women.

Women across the state protested after Pence signed a bill that banned women from getting abortions because of fetal abnormalities. It also forced women to have aborted or miscarried fetuses interred or cremated.

According to one poll, Trump is already 24 points behind rival Hillary Clinton with female voters. Picking Pence probably won't help him attract many women — or fans of '90s Disney movies.

This video includes clips from Donald J. Trump for President Inc. and Buena Vista Pictures and images from Getty Images. Music provided courtesy of APM Music. 

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