Handmaid’s Tale Author: Mike Pence Is ‘Model’ for Forced-Birth Dystopia

NewsBusters | 3/2/2018 | Staff
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The vice president fits in with Margaret Atwood’s story of a forced-birth dystopia, according to the author herself.

In an interview published Thursday by The Irish Times, author Margaret Atwood revealed that Vice President Mike Pence (not President Trump) is like the “puritanical model” that she “imagined” while writing The Handmaid’s Tale.

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Atwood’s story takes place in the Republic of Gilead, a reimagined United States conquered by Christian fundamentalists. The show follows a woman named Offred and her fellow “handmaids” as they are forced to bear children for the upper class.

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Season two of Hulu’s adaptation of 1985 novel is set for April 25. After the first season’s release in 2017, the media routinely likened the story to “Trump’s America.” The trailer for the upcoming season plays into that by including a “Resist” sign, a slogan often used against President Trump in today’s political world.

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To The Irish Times, Atwood revealed that, while writing her popular book, she asked herself “if the United States were going to have a totalitarian regime, what kind would it be? It wouldn’t be communist. It would be something quite a lot like the Tea Party.”

But instead of led by Trump, she pictured a Pence figure.

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“I imagined something a lot more like Mike Pence, which is what you’re gonna get if they get rid of Trump. He’s much more...
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