Liberals Attack Mike Pence for Being Faithful to His Wife
Late Tuesday, The Washington Post's Ashley Parker published a story about Vice President Mike Pence's relationship with his wife. By Thursday morning, thousands of liberals had attacked Pence as a sexist bigot for simple steps he reportedly takes to honor his wife and avoid any appearance of infidelity in their marriage.
"This is a medieval vision of every man as an incorrigible adulterer or rapist, lest he be restrained by his wife's presence by his side," tweeted Arnand Giridharidas, an author who used to write for The New York Times.
What is Mike Pence's alleged "medieval vision"? As Parker reported, "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."
Perhaps, following the major scandal of President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, Pence decided to avoid any appearance of impropriety or infidelity, no matter how seemingly insignificant. Mike Pence had served in Congress for years, and had major political ambitions. He did end up becoming governor of Indiana and vice president to boot.
Pence and his wife (not to mention his campaign manager or chief of staff) may have set ground rules to make certain no enterprising photographer could snap a picture intended as blackmail later on — or a juicy story on a left-wing website. Stranger things have happened.
But Social Justice Warriors on Twitter had a different interpretation — Pence's personal self-limitations are ... the right-wing version of Sharia law!
"Sincere question," tweeted left-wing journalist and cancer survivor Xeni Jardin. "How is this different from extreme repressive interpretations of Islam ('Sharia Law!') mocked by people like Mike Pence."
Answering Miss Jardin is rather easy — Pence's self-limitations are not intended to be normative for anyone besides Mike Pence. They are not imposed by a particular religion or denomination, but are politically understandable (if perhaps rather stringent) voluntary ground rules.
But nevermind — according to Jardin, Pence's very eyes reveal he's a rapist.
Greg Carlstrom, a Middle East correspondent for the Times and The Economist, took up Miss Jardin's Sharia comparison: "Mike Pence sounds a lot like the Muslim Brotherhood officials I've interviewed."