A profile of Vice President Mike Pence's wife, Karen Pence, in The Washington Post, has captivated the Internet after it was found to include a rather odd detail about Mike Pence. Apparently, the vice president never eats alone with other women:
"In 2002, Mike Pence told the Hill that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either."
According to The Atlantic, this rule seems to be based off the “Billy Graham Rule,” known in evangelical circles. Billy Graham refused to meet, travel, or dine with a woman alone out of fear that it would lead him to extramarital affairs.
As you can imagine, Twitter was amazed by the insinuation that the second most powerful man in the world apparently doesn't trust himself around women. Here's how they responded...
People being like, "don't judge Mike Pence's marriage"— Jessie Lahr (@JessieLahrr) March 30, 2017
Um... judging other people's marriages is Pence's favorite extracurricular activity
Mike Pence refuses to have a meal with a woman, unless his wife is present. When some Muslim women say similar about men, GOP attacks Islam.— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) March 30, 2017
Mike Pence isn't allowed to have dinner alone with any woman except his wife for fear that he won't be able to resist taking her rights away— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) March 29, 2017
Mike Pence, an adult who is grown,— Limericking (@Limericking) March 29, 2017
Cannot sit with women alone.
However, he can
Stand by an old man
Whose fondness for groping is known.
Others defended the Vice President.
So Mike Pence doesn't dine alone w women other than his wife. Who gives a shit?— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) March 29, 2017
Ted Kennedy drives a woman off a bridge: Senate Democrat hero for decades.— Jason C. (@CounterMoonbat) March 30, 2017
Mike Pence respects his wife: Eww strange religious nut.
Including Matt Walsh, a writer for The Blaze and Trump supporter. He responded to the ridicule by asking this question...
Seriously what's the appropriate reason for a married person to go out for a meal alone with a member of the other sex (outside of family)?— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) March 30, 2017
Which earned more ridicule.
Many people are concerned that Pence's alleged inability to eat alone with women aside from his wife is ultimately damaging to women and rooted in sexism. Others argue that he's simply being chivalrous. What do you think?