The U2 frontman and US vice president were in Munich attending this weekend’s Munich Security Conference.
Bono met up with Mike Pence in Munich on Saturday (February 18), during which he praised the bigoted US vice president’s support of AIDS relief efforts.
As People reports, the pair discussed the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – a bill first signed in 2003 under Bush and later renewed in 2008 under Obama and of which Pence was supposedly an advocate. The government initiative was designed to help save the lives of those suffering globally from the disease, although primarily in Africa.
During the meeting, the U2 frontman called Pence “the second busiest man on earth” and praised him for defending the bill. “It was an extraordinary historic accomplishment and you played a leading role in carrying it forward,” he said.
In 2015, Pence was blamed for an HIV outbreak in Indiana while he was serving as governor. His defunding of Planned Parenthood, one of the few places in some parts of the state that offered HIV testing, as well as his opposition to needle exchanges, led to a rapid rise in HIV patients in Scott County.
Pence – who famously supported conversion therapy programs – has a history of fierce opposition to LGBTQ+ civil rights and gay marriage, from opposing the Supreme Court’s nationwide marriage equality ruling to voting against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.