International Women's Day can mean only one thing: tone deaf tweets from male politicians.
Last month “Omorosa” Onee Manigault-Newman, Former Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison to the Trump administration, made headlines during her stint on Celebrity Big Brother USA. While she wasted no time dishing the dirt on Trump, her most shocking comments were saved for Vice President Mike Pence. Warning her fellow housemates, she said:
Can I just say, as bad as y’all think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence. I will tell you. So everybody that’s wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider.
Pence has faced criticism since he joined the Trump campaign in 2016, particularly regarding his views on women’s and LGBT+ issues.
As Governor of Indiana, he introduced new legislation designed to dissuade women from having abortions, including a bill that required fetal remains to be buried or cremated. Speaking at an event hosted by the anti-abortion organisation Susan B Anthony List & Life Institute this month, Pence stated that he was confident abortion would end in the United States “in our time".
He also bragged about the anti-choice legislation that Trump has supported since taking office.
If this wasn’t disturbing enough, Pence does not allow himself to eat a meal alone with any woman other than his wife. Oh, and he reportedly refers to Mrs Pence as “Mother".
While Pence’s behaviour may be more appropriate in The Handmaid’s Tale than The White House, that didn’t stop him from using International Women’s Day to tell the world how much he respects women.
Unsurprisingly, Pence’s tweet sparked a mixture of outrage and mockery on social media, with users quick point out his hypocrisy.
All in a day's work for the second most powerful man in America.