Twitter Reacts To Mike Pence As Donald Trump's Reported Running Mate, Makes Puns Already
One day before Donald Trump was set to reveal his pick for his possible vice president in the 2016 election, Roll Call has reported that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has been chosen as Trump's running mate. (The New York Times also released its own report, claiming Trump has "signaled strongly" that he will pick Pence.) As media reports begin to churn out, Twitter's reactions to Pence as Trump's running mate are flowing as well.
The reported choice was not an altogether surprising one — after all, Pence was mentioned in the same sentence as Newt Gingrich as Trump's possible pick for days. (Sorry, Chris Christie — this one was just a bridge you couldn't gap.) The big surprise, though? That Pence's name would be revealed prior to Trump's big showcase in New York Friday. (That said, we already did see Trump roll out Pence in front of audiences earlier this week in Indiana, at a rally that doubled as an "audition," according to CNN.)
(Update: Trump confirmed that Pence would be his running mate on Twitter Friday morning, writing, "I am pleased that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate." The presumptive nominee will also conduct a news conference on Saturday, which was delayed from Friday following the Nice terror attack.)
Still, considering the frenzy surrounding Trump's campaign, those watching the events of the election go down on Twitter are having no problem turning the reported reveal into quite the showcase itself. How could one not when, in the case of the Indiana governor, there is a pun that's quite easy to work with?
First, though, Trump's camp is staying mum about the news, refusing to confirm media reports.
1/2 A decision has not been made by Mr. Trump. He will be making a decision in the future…— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) July 14, 2016
2/2 …and will be announcing his Vice Presidential pick tomorrow at 11am as planned.— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) July 14, 2016
But then, of course, there were puns.
Finally a chance for the New York Times to use its long-saved "Mike Pence, Trump None the Richer" headline.— jon greenberg (@jon_greenberg) July 14, 2016
And to think I used my "Pence none the richer" headline back in 2006.— Jim Antle (@jimantle) July 14, 2016
ONE PENCE NONE THE RICHER— Jason Abbruzzese (@JasonAbbruzzese) July 14, 2016
Just wanted to get that out of the way now.
Pence and Pensibility— Adam Servianski (@AdamSerwer) July 14, 2016
If Pence’s local paper is reporting it’s Pence. Then it came from Pence and the choice is Pence. Not much susPence https://t.co/WzoqqWn7zg— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) July 14, 2016
Others, however, are spending time comparing Pence to some more recognizable faces in sports and entertainment.
I assume Mike Pence became governor after winning a Bobby Knight lookalike contest pic.twitter.com/Cpi4T0SRZk— Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) July 14, 2016
I actually think Roger Sterling is a great VP choice…old, white, male—wait, who's Mike Pence? pic.twitter.com/7e6qRwIkKJ— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) July 14, 2016
Wait, I'm not done with puns yet!
According to experts I spoke with, Mike Pence would be the VP candidate historically whose name has most sounded like “my pants."— Philip Bump (@pbump) July 14, 2016
Those on Twitter who are more focused on his political prowess, however, don't seem all that impressed with Trump's choice, especially when stacked up against other bigger names that have been bandied about, like Gingrich's.
I don't know much about Mike Pence. Let me check out his deaohhhhh. :( pic.twitter.com/2MP6BlIwdd— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) July 14, 2016
Mike Pence is an embarrassing break from the establishment GOP's more serious VP picks in the last two presidential elections— Dollars Horton (@crushingbort) July 14, 2016
If you don't know who Mike Pence is, just think Ted Cruz if he was a lot dumber and had even less charisma— Jerry Topsider (@BostonJerry) July 14, 2016
Others, however, are praising Trump's reported choice, which they see as strategic when it comes to the voting base.
.@GovPenceIN is rational pick. An offering to conservatives; evangelicals. But how will Pence fare in the parry and thrust VP role demands?— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) July 14, 2016
Or, at least, not as bad as it could be.
Well. Pence doesn’t add as MUCH garbage to the fire.— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) July 14, 2016
Still, the majority of the reactions? Well, it's all burning down, according to many on Twitter in 140 characters.
Trump: "I've got the bigotry and war lust covered. But people don't trust me to deny gay people cake and control women's bodies. So Pence!"— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) July 14, 2016
just googled "mike pence why bad"— Chris Kelly (@imchriskelly) July 14, 2016
BREAKING: Several reports suggest Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will end his political career to spend more time with infamy— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) July 14, 2016
But most upset of all? If Twitter is correct, poor Chris Christie.