Yeah, that’s not a sentence I expected to say or write any time in the next (hopefully only) four years. But then I saw his name trending on Twitter this morning, because of this:
Mike Pence’s ‘Billy Graham Rule’ has Internet yelling sexism
Vice President Mike Pence demanded an apology from The Associated Press after the agency published his wife’s personal email address. Instead, he got a letter expressing “regret.” (Photo: Jenna Watson/IndyStar)
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.