Over the course of his 15-year career in politics, serving as both a congressman and the governor of Indiana, Mike Pence has put together a troubling record. He’s slashed Planned Parenthood funding, supported the deportation of undocumented children, and, in 2015, signed a religious freedom bill into law that would allow discrimination against members of the LGBT community.
With that immaculate résumé, Pence, a devout evangelical Christian and conservative Republican, has just been selected as Donald Trump’s presidential running mate. And as if the governor’s views weren’t troubling enough, it’s now become clear—perhaps unsurprisingly—that the man also has trash taste in restaurants.
On Saturday, celebrating his new role as Trump's McDonald’s-fetching lapdog, Pence posted a photo of his family at dinner in New York City. And while the five boroughs boast some 24,000 restaurants, Pence chose to dine not at Le Bernardin on 51st Street, or Per Se at Columbus Circle, or even Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, but a Tex-Mex chain most famous for a catchy jingle about baby back ribs in the 1990s.
“Busy weekend in NY! Enjoying a quick dinner with the family at @Chilis,” Pence wrote. “Looking forward to getting back to Indiana.”
But before Pence could return to the Midwest, where people are presumably more tolerant of garbage restaurant chains, New Yorkers mercilessly mocked the vice presidential hopeful on Twitter.
The death knell came, however, when the official Chili's Twitter account started piling on Pence, refusing to give an endorsement of the GOP.
Last year, during the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Barack Obama made a joke about Pence’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, referencing his close relationship with Vice President Joe Biden.
“I tease Joe sometimes, but he has been at my side for seven years, I love that man,” Obama said. “We’ve gotten so close that in some places in Indiana, they won’t serve us pizza anymore.”
Man, we're going to miss these guys.