The Washington Post has a profile up on the marriage between Mike Pence and Karen Pence, and it is … non-traditional. Or rather, non-traditionally traditional.
Here are a few of the characteristics of their marriage:
— Mike Pence has an antique red phone — a gift from his wife — and only she has the phone number.
— In the Indiana governor’s mansions, they had twin treadmills.
— She joins him for off-the record conversations with the media, and when he speaks to reporters, she often brings out of a tray of cookies.
— Karen Pence is characterized as a “silent, omnipresent partner.”
— She is divorced; she married a medical student young (he would go on to be one of the guys behind Cialis), but they have not kept in touch, so much so that her ex-husband had no idea she was married to Mike Pence until right before the election.
— Mike Pence “never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side.”
— Their email accounts are matching his-and-hers emails, exactly the same but for the first initials.
I mean, look: To me, that sounds like a horror movie in the making, a chilling stalker movie called He’s Still Standing Over Your Shoulder. But I am not an evangelical Christian, and who are we to judge how other people handle their marriage? To some, maybe that sounds like a really, really loving marriage between two people with strong Christian beliefs, and to others, maybe that sounds like a couple who is creepy and possessive. To each their own.
One particular aspect of their marriage — the fact that Pence will not be in the company of another woman alone — has taken a weird turn on Twitter, however, thanks to Matt Walsh (no, not THAT Matt Walsh), who is clearly trying to sell his book:
Seriously what's the appropriate reason for a married person to go out for a meal alone with a member of the other sex (outside of family)?— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) March 30, 2017
It's 2017, and some men are still literally incapable of conceiving of women as friends. https://t.co/JwlDQIqRx4— Jordan Weissmann (@JHWeissmann) March 30, 2017
Yes I'm a straight, normal, married man so I don't go out making friends with women, nor do I have any desire to https://t.co/7DUHEAeXj2— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) March 30, 2017
What a chillingly psychotic thing to say in public https://t.co/RLgmo9J9SE— One F Jef (@urbpan) March 30, 2017
This person thinks it's "chillingly psychotic" for a married man to refrain from making friends with women. This country is truly insane. https://t.co/ekqIU7go6O— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) March 30, 2017
If you think married men can be friends with chicks, tell your wife you're going camping with Elizabeth for a couple of days. https://t.co/zYGGZkI2aI— Gavin McInnes (@Gavin_McInnes) March 30, 2017
I mean, look: People are free to live their lives any way they’d like, and if they don’t, uh, trust themselves in the company of women without their wife around, well, that seems like a him problem, but also, it is absolutely moronic to believe that a man and woman cannot be in the company of one another without wanting to have sex with each other. We went through this, America, nearly 30 years ago when When Harry Met Sally came out. I thought we had moved on.
But look at it this way: the more Matt Walsh believes this nonsense, the fewer women he talks to. That’s a win. On the other hand, every photo of him with a woman can be published with the caption “Matt Walsh publicly cheating on his wife” by his own definition.