Mike Pence Apparently Calls His Wife ‘Mother’ & The Internet Can’t Process It

Behind the wild bluster of Donald J. Trump, there is the more reserved, quiet insanity of Mike Pence, the rabidly anti-LGBT vice prez who basically looks like he fell out of an ad for men’s razors from the ’50s.
Pence is a pretty conservative, old-fashioned dude, but it was still shocking to see a passage from a Rolling Stone report which referenced a dinner party he held with Democratic legislators back when he was Governor of Indiana.

While Mike Pence was governor, his relationship with the Democratic minority in the legislature was crap. Someone on his staff suggested having the Democratic leaders over to the governor’s mansion for dinner. The table was set for 20, but there were only around seven in attendance. One unlucky legislator stuck next to Pence tried to make conversation, but found even at dinner she couldn’t shift Pence off his talking points. Gov. Pence shouted to his wife, Karen, his closest adviser, at the other end of the table.

“Mother, Mother, who prepared our meal this evening?”

The legislators looked at one another, speaking with their eyes: He just called his wife “Mother.”

Maybe it was a joke, the legislator reasoned. But a few minutes later, Pence shouted again.

“Mother, Mother, whose china are we eating on?”

Mother Pence went on a long discourse about where the china was from. A little later, the legislators stumbled out, wondering what was weirder: Pence’s inability to make conversation, or calling his wife “Mother” in the second decade of the 21st century.

Yes indeed. Pence calls his wife Karen ‘mother’, which is not unheard of but was already a deeply old-fashioned thing to do back in the 1970s. Nowadays its less likely to be considered ‘cute’ and more likely to be considered a horrifying throwback to Anthong Perkins in Psycho.
As you might expect, the highly unsourced revelation started a firestorm online:

Source: Rolling Stone.

Photo: Getty Images / Rob Carr.