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Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence arrive at the Freedom Ball in Washington, on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at the Washington Convention Center during the 58th presidential inauguration. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Mike Pence once said he won't eat with women other than his wife. Shots were fired.


In a 2002 interview with the Hill, then Rep. Mike Pence said that he never eats alone with woman other than his wife, Karen, and refuses to attend events with alcohol without her, the Washington Post revealed in a profile of the vice president.

That revelation shocked a lot of people on social media, who vehemently decried the second-in-command for being sexist. If women aren't brought to the table, both literally and metaphorically, then equality isn't possible, they claimed.

The conversation on social media included references to the viral image last week in which only white men were seen discussing the now defunct GOP plan to replace Obamacare. One of the more popular tenets of the Affordable Care Act is that it covers one type of birth control from each of the 18-FDA approved. Critics denounced the lack of diversity, especially women, who would be among those greatly affected by a revised health care bill.

Here's the original image.

Some questioned his ability to protect women's rights.

The circumstances of Pence's devout marriage, began picking up steam the same day the vice president had casted a tie-breaking vote in the Senate permitting states to defund Planned Parenthood. 

Those on social media took notice.

Mike Pence once said he won't eat with women other than his wife. Shots were fired.

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