One line from a Washington Post profile of First Lady Karen Pence is garnering reactions from many on social media.
Ashley Parker’s profile of Indiana’s former First Lady cites a 2002 Mike Pence interview with The Hill. In it, the former Indiana congressman and governor said he never ate alone with a woman other than his wife, Karen. Pence also said he wouldn’t attend an event where alcohol would be served without her by his side.
Evangelist Billy Graham followed a similar rule, not traveling, meeting or eating with another woman alone. It is sometimes referred to as "The Billy Graham Rule." The practice is still common among many evangelicals.
This 15-year-old paraphrase resurfacing has led to many tweets. A simple search of “Mike Pence” shows some of the reactions. Many question Vice President Pence’s self-control and see the practice as sexist.
Mike Pence never eats alone with a woman other than his wife. This says a lot about how he views himself and his self-control. https://t.co/Tg7gMxOiDd— Laila Lalami (@LailaLalami) March 30, 2017
"Mike Pence never eats alone with a woman other than his wife & won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her".somebody is a bad drunk— PDK (@milkgravy) March 30, 2017
Guys, I need you to do a thought experiment.— Emma Evans (@TrancewithMe) March 30, 2017
A guy says 'I can't be alone with kids. Ever. Except my own'.
That's Mike Pence, with women
Pence never eats alone with a woman other than his wife to avoid situations where he could say "I'M VP, SEX ME BECAUSE FOOD!"— 🔑🌹ᴘᴇᴛᴇʀ ᴄᴏғғɪɴ (@petercoffin) March 29, 2017
"Mike Pence never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and...won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either." pic.twitter.com/379Hf0o1un— Sean (@karatechop16) March 29, 2017
If you want to understand the conservative xian orientation re: women: Mike Pence won't be alone in a room w any woman who's not his wife. https://t.co/1iDmSr4FuC— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) March 29, 2017
Wait, are Dems seriously upset that Mike Pence doesn't cheat on his wife?— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) March 30, 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.
@stefapie "...he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife..." That's totally normal. Yep. Not weird at all.— Tim Yates (@snazzlenuts) March 29, 2017