A Washington Post profile of Mike Pence published Tuesday revealed that the vice president “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 vice president’s refusal to dine with women without the supervising eye of his spouse set off a firestorm on social media, garnering both passionate critics and defenders of Pence’s rule. That firestorm continued Friday on “The View,” with the co-hosts split over whether the vice president is unfairly sidelining women through his refusal to meet with them, or simply adhering to his religious principles in – as co-host Jedidiah Bila put it – “one of the sleaziest towns in the country.”
Asked to explain which is it in a subsequent Friday interview with Internet portal KnowMyRepublican.com, Vice President Pence said that his personal life “should not be put to the forefront of national media attention when there are so many other issues that need the spotlight much more.” “Trust me, this is not the first time people were surprised at what they feel is some sort of a discriminatory practice aimed against women. But I can assure you that’s not the case,” he said. “I am merely trying to live my life the way I believe is right and I am not judging anyone who choses to do otherwise. Similarly, I would call on the people of America to do the same when it comes to my privacy.”
However, while elaborating on what he himself referred to as a “fail-proof way of steering clear of infidelity,” the vice president also slipped in that he hopes “women start bringing their husbands voluntarily” to meetings with other men. “To be frank, it would save us quite a lot of trouble of having to enforce it by law,” he added. “Because, America is changing and I believe the people are noticing that and are supporting it. That’s what gives me strength and hope that we’re on the right path and that we are already changing this country for the better and making it great again. But, unfortunately, not all change is good and pleasant. Sometimes you have to make harsh cuts and unexpected turns, but I can assure you we’re doing everything with the utmost passion aimed towards making life in this country easier and of a higher quality.”
He continued, “For example, I’m well aware of the fact that there are many people out there who disagree with the pro-life movement and the end result it’s trying to realize, which is to have more Americans in the following years. Coincidentally, in order for that to happen, we need more traditional marriages and more babies born that way. That means we have to find a way to stop people from cheating on their partners, and it just so happens that my rule of taking my wife to every private meeting that involves another female or alcohol in any shape or form appears to be the ideal solution. That being said, I’d like to reiterate that it is my most sincere hope that women start doing the same and start minimizing the chances of cheating on their spouse, which, as we all know, often results in an out-of-wedlock pregnancy. But, if it doesn’t happen, there’s always a legislative way to go about it,” Pence concluded.