Former Vice President Mike Pence appears to be running for President.
He’s been hitting speaking circuits, including the annual dinner at the Gridiron Club where jokes are what is expected.
But Karine Jean-Pierre is furious over this hilarious joke Mike Pence told about Pete Buttigieg.
Believe it or not, there was a time in this country when jokes were told, people laughed, and life went on, even off-color or hurtful jokes.
“Offensive and inappropriate”
Almost all of the jokes were offensive, and most were certainly inappropriate.
Comedians of old, like George Carlin, Richard Prior, Don Rickles, Lenny Bruce, and many others, told jokes that offended almost everyone.
None of them could survive in today’s woke cancel culture world.
The yearly dinner at the Gridiron Club has long been a showcase for comedians, politicians, media personalities, and others to get together, bury the hatchet for a night, and joke at each other’s expense.
That’s exactly what Mike Pence did recently.
Pence nailed it, but not according to Joe Biden’s mouthpiece.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called out former Vice President Mike Pence for making what she called an “offensive” and “homophobic” joke after he said that Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg was on “maternity leave.”
During Pence’s speech at the annual Gridiron Club dinner, he joked that if President Biden doesn’t seek re-election “there’s Pete Buttigieg, who’s an old friend of mine.”
The two are both politicians from Indiana, although from diametrically opposed political and moral camps.
That’s where Pence’s joke ventured and why Jean-Pierre lost her cool and proved she has no sense of humor.
Postpartum depression and stranded travelers
“When Pete’s two children were born, he took two months’ maternity leave, whereupon thousands of travelers were stranded in airports, the air traffic system shut down, airplanes nearly collided in midair,” Pence continued.
“I mean, Pete Buttigieg is the only person in human history to have a child and all the rest of us get postpartum depression,” Pence chuckled.
But Jean-Pierre was appalled to say the least.
She released a statement the next day claiming Pence was using women as a punch line when he made fun of Buttigieg.
The oft-confused Jean-Piere claimed that “the former Vice President’s homophobic joke about Secretary Buttigieg was offensive and inappropriate, all the more so because he treated women suffering from postpartum depression as a punch line.”
Of course, she didn’t stop there, because no attack on Pence would be complete without reference to the LGBTQ community.
“He should apologize to women and LGBTQ people, who are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect,” she added.
Piling on Pence
Jean-Pierre was not the only one who feigned outrage.
Pete Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten Buttigieg, called out Pence’s “attempted joke” on Twitter.
“An honest question for you, Mike Pence, after your attempted joke this weekend,” Chasten Buttigieg wrote. “If your grandchild was born prematurely and placed on a ventilator at two months old – their tiny fingers wrapped around yours as the monitors beep in the background – where would you be?”
Pence did take a serious turn, however, with lengthy comments about January 6, 2021, where he made accusations about President Trump and called the day a “disgrace.”
“President Trump was wrong,” Pence said. “I had no right to overturn the election, and his reckless words endangered my family and everyone at the Capitol that day, and I know that history will hold Donald Trump accountable,” he continued, before adding, “make no mistake about it, what happened that day was a disgrace, and it mocks decency to portray it in any other way.”
Pence also praised the media’s coverage of the day’s events and said their reporting “in part” allowed him to properly carry out his role.
And that is the real outrage from the night.
Mike Pence should know better, especially as newly released footage proves him wrong.
Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.