Vice President Mike Pence repeated a famous Ronald Reagan horse quote, and the Internet took it way too literally.
Here’s what Pence said:
Outstanding afternoon. “I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.” -Pres. Reagan #VPinMT
Here’s what people on Twitter said:
OK, obviously Pence didn’t mean he had sex with a horse. Or wanted to have sex with a horse. Or whatever. The Internet gets pretty weird pretty fast. People on Twitter decided it was a double entendre. Some of the tweets are too graphic to post. Other people tried out every possible dumb horse pun.
Others thought the quote was open to interpretation.
Why was Pence riding a horse around in the first place? He was in Montana “to garner support for Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate vying for the Treasure State’s only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives,” reported Good Morning America.
According to GMA, he was “touring the Westmoreland Coal Company’s Absaloka Mine on the Crow Indian Reservation.”
Here are some of Pence’s other tweets from Montana. He said he went on a ride with tribal leaders from the Crow Nation:
He was briefed on the airplane:
He revealed he was the first sitting vice president to visit Billings, Montana in a decade:
But all people wanted to talk about was Pence and the horse. And sex. And Ronald Reagan. We’ve bleeped this one out to give you the flavor:
It turns out that the quote didn’t originate with Reagan, although he did say it. According to Horse Channel.com, “the statement was, indeed made by Ronald Reagan in 1987 as he headed to his California ranch for the holidays. However, he wasn’t the first. Dr. Cary Grayson, Woodrow Wilson’s physician, had previously made the remark. Before him, the 19th-century British statesman Lord Palmerston supposedly made this odd declaration as well.”
It’s not even clear whether Palmerston came up with the quote. “Was he the first? It’s hard to say for sure, but it does show up in the 1906 book Social Silhouettes by British biographer and politician George William Erskine Russell,” reports Horse Channel.com.