Many a politician has felt the wrath of New Yorkers after daring to eat pizza with a fork – but Donald Trump’s newly selected running mate found out the hard way there’s another way to annoy them.
Indiana Gov Mike Pence sent Twitter into a meltdown on Saturday when he tweeted a picture of himself and his family having dinner at a Chili’s restaurant in Manhattan.
‘Busy weekend in NY! Enjoying a quick dinner with the family @Chilis,’ he captioned the photo, which also featured his wife and daughter. ‘Looking forward to getting back to Indiana.’
Indiana Gov Mike Pence sent Twitter into a meltdown on Saturday when he tweeted a picture of himself and his family having dinner at Chili’s in Manhattan
New Yorkers immediately questioned Pence’s judgement for choosing the American chain rather than a renowned restaurant or a beloved hole in the wall.
‘Hey Mike Pence, you know we have 18,000 restaurants in NYC, right?’ tweeted journalist John Avlon.
‘You came to New York City and went to Chilis? Shameful,’ another user wrote.
Olivia Nuzzi called the choice an ‘insult’ to the people of New York while another Twitter user said it showed Pence was ‘unfit for office’.
‘Trump/Pence 2016: Making America great again by having the worst taste in NYC restaurants ever’, wrote another, sharing a picture of Trump and Sarah Palin eating at pizzeria chain Famous Famiglia.
But one Twitter user had a bigger issue with the time Pence chose to eat dinner, rather than the place.
New Yorkers immediately questioned Pence’s judgement for choosing the American chain rather than a renowned restaurant or a beloved hole in the wall
‘Bruh you’re eating dinner at 4,’ his first tweet began.
‘Nobody eats dinner at 4 in NYC,’ he continued in his second. ‘That’s still lunch hour.’
‘If he eats dinner at 4pm you can only assume he’s in bed at 8pm,’ he wrote in the third. ‘And I need a more active VP.’
This is the second time Pence has found himself in the middle of a Twitter firestorm just 24 hours after he was unveiled as Trump’s pick for Vice President.
Social media had a field day when Trump and Pence unveiled their first campaign logo.
The bottom of the logo showed the last names of the two men and Trump’s slogan: ‘Make America Great Again.’
However, it was the graphic above that led many to ridicule the logo online, with an interlock ‘T’ and ‘P’ that some have described as ‘suggestive.’
Or, as 90-year-old John Dingell, a former member of the House of Representatives for 60 years from Michigan, wrote on Twitter: ‘What is the T doing to that P?’
Trump and Pence unveiled a new design just a day later.
But one Twitter user had a bigger issue with the time Pence chose to eat dinner, rather than the place
The logo shows the two candidates’ last names in red and blue over the slogan ‘Make America Great Again.’
Trump seemed to confirm that he would pick Pence after he was seen meeting with him at the Indiana governor’s mansion on Wednesday morning and bringing along his three oldest children, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric, along with Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner.
Pence and Trump appeared alongside one another at a rally the night before, with Trump saying of the governor: ‘I don’t know whether he’s going to be your governor or your vice president. Who the hell knows! Good man.’
The staunch conservative served in Congress for six terms before becoming governor, and has the support of major GOP leaders along with deep ties to evangelical Christians.
On Saturday, billionaire Trump praised his newly minted running mate Pence as ‘a man of honor, character and honesty’.
This is the second time Pence has found himself in the middle of a Twitter firestorm just 24 hours after he was unveiled as Trump’s pick for Vice President, thanks to the pair’s first camapign logo
Trump told a hotel ballroom of several hundred invited guests that Pence is ‘the leader who will help us deliver a safe society and a really prosperous society for all Americans…He is a solid, solid person.’
‘He’s really got the skills of a highly talented executive, leading the state of Indiana to jobs, growth, and opportunity.’
Trump and Pence unofficially kicked off the Republican National Convention two days before it opens in Cleveland, Ohio.
The 57-year-old Indianan lauded Trump, ‘this builder, this fighter, this patriotic American who has set aside a legendary career in business to build a stronger America.’
On Friday, Trump tweeted: ‘I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.’
Pence responded with his own tweet shortly after, writing: ‘Honored to join @DonaldTrump and work to make America great again.’