Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, announced on Twitter this weekend that she would be joining her husband on the campaign trail for Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, and the reactions have ranged from snarky mockery to outright hostility, HuffPost reports.
The Second Lady (as the wife of the Vice President is referred to) started her Twitter account, @KarenPence, a few weeks ago. Until this weekend, there was little on it. However, on Saturday, her Twitter account blew up after she announced that she’ll be joining the Trump 2020 re-election campaign, particularly by using Twitter to, as she puts it, “help tell the story of all the accomplishments under the leadership of @realDonaldTrump and @mike_pence!”
Unfortunately for Mrs. Pence, the reactions she got on the social media platform might not have been what she was hoping for.
Several users pointed out the juxtaposition of the Pence family’s outspoken evangelical Christianity and their association with Donald Trump, whose history has, to some observers, not necessarily jibed with the values of the evangelical movement.
User @SuzanneBuzz, for example, was quick on the trigger.
“Carrying water for the thrice married philandering porn star-paying money laundering election-cheating racist in the White House who cages children for fun. Your Christian values are shining through,” she wrote.
Another user, @thegodabove (a parody account purportedly belonging to God), called her a “fake Christian” who is “complicit in a fascist regime.”
A user named @john_sipher asked Mrs. Pence her thoughts on Trump’s “rampant infidelity” and wondered what she would think if her husband were carrying on an affair with a porn star while Mrs. Pence was pregnant.
Another tweet, which would be entirely mundane for any other politician’s spouse, also got snarky and mocking responses.
— Karen Pence (@KarenPence) September 22, 2019
In response to Mrs. Pence’s photos of her pets, Twitter user @andylassner referenced Mike Pence’s status as one of the more consistently anti-gay politicians currently serving today.
What beautiful animals.
If one were, let’s say gay, how would Mike feel?
— andy lassner (@andylassner) September 22, 2019
Another user pointed out HBO host John Oliver’s parody book about Marlon Bundo. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the book imagines Marlon Bundo as gay.
This is a fantastic book about Marlon Bundo. He’s a gay bunny. This book is a sweet way to teach children about same sex marriage. Thank you, Marlon Bundo! All of Last Week Tonight’s profits from the sale of this book benefit the Trevor Project and AIDS United. pic.twitter.com/rVvOqsbZTZ
— Impolite, eloquent Emmie???? #Resist (@NastyEmmie) September 23, 2019
Others brought the snark in general.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) September 22, 2019
Ugh We know why kind of future your Hubby wants, Karen ????????♀️???? pic.twitter.com/jAbeXSbIVP
— The Cryptic Cynic???? (@livia696) September 23, 2019
Until this weekend, Mrs. Pence has largely remained out of the public eye, a state of affairs not uncommon for Second Ladies. Prior to her Twitter controversy, the most-recent time Karen Pence had made the news was in April. As reported at the time by The Hill, she went on The Brian Kilmeade Show on Fox Radio, where she discussed Indiana’s Pete Buttigieg. She said of Buttigieg that one shouldn’t be attacked for their religious beliefs.