Vice-President’s Matrimonial Vows Cause Uproar

The March 28th edition of the Washington Post did a profile on the Second Lady in its politics section called, “Karen Pence is the vice president’s ‘prayer warrior,’ gut check and shield.” Karen Pence declined to be interviewed for the article and the piece relied heavily on previous articles. In what many ways seem to be a rather innocuous fluff piece, the Post included this factoid “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.” The Hill article does not show any reference to the VP stating that he never ate alone with women without his wife. The actual quote found in the article was “‘If there’s alcohol being served and people are being loose, I want to have the best-looking brunette in the room standing next to me,’

 

However, while Vice-President Pence made the comments over 15 years ago, it reappearance in the Washington Post article has resulted in an social media firestorm and a new front to the culture wars fought on the battlefield of social media. Within a day, even the Washington Post was doing stories about its own story with in-depth analysis such as “Pence’s unwillingness to be alone with a woman is a symptom of a bigger problem.” Publications such as the Atlantic attempted to connect Pence’s comments with what they labeled the “Billy Graham Rule” and label it as sexist, while Slate writer, Heather Schwedel, implied that Pence didn’t respect women as well as ridiculing his wife for being a “prayer warrior.” The onslaught of criticism of Pence brought its own wave of ridicule from the right in the press. The Daily Wire compared the Pence’s with President Clinton quipping, “Pence Will Only Eat Alone With His Wife. As Opposed To Clinton, Who Would Only Eat Alone With Any Woman Who Wasn’t.”

 

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