Vice President Pence went to the Korean border yesterday for some tough talk, and we knew it was serious because he busted out his leather jacket and the stern, disappointed look he usually reserves for when women and gay people get more civil rights.
In South Korea, Pence promised to “abandon the failed policy of strategic patience” which has prevented war in Korea since 1953. But while he also said “Our hope is that we can resolve this issue peaceably,” his jacket had a clear message: butts are going to be kicked. Or – more likely – bombed while Pence is safely thousands of miles away.
Pence’s new style – now more of a “Negan’s grandpa” than his usual “Patrick Bateman’s pastor” look – has since incited waves of hysterical reactions on social media. Here are some of our favorites:
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) April 18, 2017
VP Mike Pence searching for Auburn football's chances to win the SEC on 2017. pic.twitter.com/osCrI3f2FX
— Auburn Jokes® (@TheAuburnJokes) April 17, 2017
Pence: The era of strategic patience is over.
On N Korea, I mean.
Not, say, climate change.
Plenty of strategic patience there.
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) April 17, 2017
Pence: See, if we just drop a few MOABs *rights over there*, yes, by that empty field, we can raise Trump's approval numbers 10 points… pic.twitter.com/VTmt38cZ0t
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) April 17, 2017
The aircraft carriers are just a diversion from Trump's true most powerful weapon in Korea – Mike Pence pic.twitter.com/3lDM14y48W
— Jack Posobiec ???????? (@JackPosobiec) April 18, 2017
*VP Mike Pence puts on leather jacket & makes tight serious faces for photos in SK*
*flies back to US to continue war against women*
— NYgrooveX (@NYgrooveX) April 17, 2017
Mike Pence wants to bring freedom to North Korea.
As long as it's not, y'know, the gay wedding cake kind of freedom.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) April 18, 2017
Pence went to South Korea to see firsthand how someone takes over for an impeached president. #TrumpRussia
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) April 17, 2017
"Leather Daddy Pence" is always the most vulnerable Pence. pic.twitter.com/O30kbFSjqa
— George Weber (@Boas72) April 18, 2017
Pence put North Korea "on notice"? Didn't Mike Flynn put Iran on notice a while back? And how did that work out… for Flynn? #ByeByeMike
— Ron Asher (@rmasher2) April 17, 2017
Seeing Mike Pence in a leather jacket with fake medals sure fills me with fucking confidence.
— Chris Dashiell (@cdashiell) April 18, 2017
— Spector Hair Day (@SpectorHairDay) April 18, 2017
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