Be careful what you wish for:
I really think we need more coverage of Mike Pence and John Kelly respecting women too much. That seems to be the real scandal here.
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) November 16, 2017
On Wednesday, before sexual misconduct charges against Sen. Al Franken surfaced, The New York Times published an op-ed by Katelyn Beaty, an editor at large for Christianity Today, who made an argument against the so-called “Pence Rule,” for which Vice President Mike Pence has been ridiculed by the Left. By his own rule, Pence does not meet alone with any women who aren’t his wife.
The Pence rule isn't a solution to predation. It's like saying,"I can't meet you alone or I might assault you." https://t.co/mnHpmbq6XK
— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) November 15, 2017
It isn't anything like saying that. https://t.co/fBYqGWtbez
— Mo Mo (@molratty) November 16, 2017
It's no such thing you idiots https://t.co/gQv5LQknAN
— Howard Wall (@HJWallEcon) November 16, 2017
thats exactly what it means great job https://t.co/gtrCy7KFmj
— Coy (@SneakingMoose) November 16, 2017
The Pence rule arises from a broken view of the sexes: Men are lustful beasts that must be contained, while women are objects of desire that must be hidden away. Offering the Pence rule as a solution to male predation is like saying, “I can’t meet with you one on one, otherwise I might eventually assault you.” If that’s the case, we have far deeper problems around men and power than any personal conduct rule can solve.
The backlash on social media was considerable.
Yes, Mike Pence is the problem…. https://t.co/cNRIsJmjOy
— Gray Connolly (@GrayConnolly) November 16, 2017
Are you fucking serious? Do you not know how fucking irresponsible it is to call our VICE PRESIDENT a predator because he is respectful to women?
Where the fuck were you when Biden was smelling the hair of underaged girls? You fucking moron. https://t.co/KtKmSDBC45
— Rachel Veronica (@ExiledRachel) November 16, 2017
Why is the clear solution never the solution for the left? Abstinence is bad, not being alone with women not your wife is bad, etc etc https://t.co/ZtZmotSroc
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) November 16, 2017
Narrator: the Pence rule IS a solution to predation.
Also, abstinence still works. https://t.co/3EpttqTXQj
— Obvious (@structuraldmg) November 16, 2017
So, is the Pence Rule really about preventing sexual predation, or is it about propriety?
Or it's like minimizing the risk of both bad behavior and false accusations https://t.co/y7UmeYXRFU
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 16, 2017
You misunderstand The Pence Rule….it’s not to protect women from him, it’s to protect him from fallacious accusations of sexual harassment from women. https://t.co/HrK6LLzk0l
— The Brickhouse (@Brick______) November 16, 2017
More like "If I'm never alone with you, I never have to worry about false allegations." https://t.co/Gf2Oammd7A
— Gordon S (@LibertyEncyclo1) November 16, 2017
No! No! No!
It's more like saying "I don't want there to be any appearance of impropriety. Neither should you." https://t.co/mD0xtkcH5j
— HRH Mach I (@Machovellian) November 16, 2017
Or "I can't meet you alone or you might ACCUSE me of assaulting you." There are multiple layers to the rule. I think it's a good one. https://t.co/2utSdYLd3Z
— Arthur Grant (@crkbackt) November 16, 2017
And yet, you know the ONLY person in DC that can prove beyond any reasonable doubt he's done nothing wrong?
MIKE PENCE. https://t.co/eqtA9ZdGxB
— Pradheep J. Shanker, M.D., M.S. (@Neoavatara) November 16, 2017
Me: “Wait, is Pence on trial for predation?”
NYT: “No, but-“
Me: “Exactly, shut the fuck up”. https://t.co/yBe0qHeeiY
— Matt’s Idea Shop (@MattsIdeaShop) November 16, 2017
This is so absurd, but for you guys, not surprising. It’s the same reason I won’t meet with a female employee alone with the door closed. Caution. https://t.co/Dn5arkrclM
— UnlimitedTide (@UnlimitedTide) November 16, 2017
Yeah, b/c that's why OB/GYN's have a nurse present when they examine a woman–right? https://t.co/2WwyKL4NTd
— Kerry Picket (@KerryPicket) November 16, 2017
Is this like saying that churches and youth groups are wrong to have two adults present with children to avoid any potential for (or wrongful accusations of) child sexual abuse? https://t.co/RBJPcziYHw
— Ian Patrick Hines (@ianpatrickhines) November 16, 2017
That isn't of course the goal. The goal is to protect themselves (and the person they're meeting) from even any appearance of impropriety. https://t.co/KUuBKAkaKY
— Jon Schroeder (@jonschr) November 16, 2017
The “Pence Rule” is the only logical way to navigate a culture where mere accusations and gossip can destroy a reputation. Leave no room for even the appearance of impropriety.
You presume in this piece that accusations won’t ever be false? Pollyanna notion. Get a grip, NYT. https://t.co/baJ9mCMhvo
— Patrick Henry (@PH32375) November 16, 2017
When the left realizes that Pence's rule makes sense but they have to find a way around it. He's right, because it protects both sides. https://t.co/q9K3ATxOVd
— LifebytheCreek (@lifebythecreek) November 16, 2017
This woman is put out that men take steps to protect themselves against false accusations.
Too fucking bad. https://t.co/7bOBki4Rgg
— I 69 Science (@Warden_AoS) November 16, 2017
Wow, look at all these awful sexual harassment and assault cases!
Left: but the real problem is that Mike Pence is too respectful. https://t.co/NQA6hwyMM5
— Inez Stepman (@InezFeltscher) November 16, 2017
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) November 16, 2017
This is a reason why good guys aren't as prevalent anymore. Good guys get ridiculed for respecting their significant other. 🤷🏻♂️ https://t.co/oXQi75kzTs
— Ben Antal (@antal_beni) November 16, 2017
In a culture that finds the Pence rule ridiculous and offensive, predators flourish. https://t.co/NQA6hwyMM5
— Inez Stepman (@InezFeltscher) November 16, 2017
With ALL of these abuse allegations of high profile men, NYT is STILL going after Pence for staying far from scandal? Unbelievable. Pick your battles, NYT. This is the wrong one. https://t.co/Qtj2FfiQVW
— Jackie (@Fair_and_Biased) November 16, 2017
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Puh-LEEZE! Vox’s spin on Pence marriage ‘even stupider’ than Mollie Hemingway predicted https://t.co/aeVDjUdPgW
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 31, 2017