In March 2017, The Washington Post ran a story on Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence. They mentioned that she is by his side as much as possible. Friends call her the Pence family's "prayer warrior."
The article also mentioned something Mike Pence had initially revealed in 2002. According to the Post, Pence "never eats alone with a woman other than his wife." In addition, he also "won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either."
Conservative Blogger Matt Walsh argued that Pence has the rule because he is simply "respecting his marriage." But if you respect your spouse, shouldn't you also trust that they can be alone with a member of the opposite sex?
Walsh continued his argument, asking this question. He seems to be unaware that men and women can simply be friends with each other, with neither wanting more. Not only is this possible, it's actually very common.
Tweets supporting Pence continued to pour in. One even tried to bring Miley Cyrus into the discussion. But unless Mike Pence once refused to dine with her, her existence is fairly irrelevant to the topic.
Others on Twitter pointed out that people don't just eat together for romantic reasons. They also do it for professional reasons. However, at Pence's current job, not being able to eat with a woman doesn't look like much of an issue.
This led to people addressing the biggest concern about Pence's meal rule. Having a meal with a potential colleague or employer is a great opportunity to network and advance your career. But for Pence, it appears that those opportunities only go to other men, not women.
According to the Post, after Trump's Access Hollywood tape was leaked during the election, he called Mike Pence to apologize. And then he asked to talk to Karen Pence to apologize to her as well. For the Pence family, that apology appeared to be enough to keep them on board.