Karen Pence Demanded $1.5 Million After Trump Won, ‘Who’s Going to Pay For My Inaugural Gown?’
For the Pence family, the celebration of then-candidate Donald Trump’s shocking 2016 presidential election campaign was anything but serene.
According to the New York Post, a new book about Indiana Republican Mike Pence suggests the vice president-elect’s family was deeply distressed about their potential for going broke in the days following Nov. 8, 2016.
Pence’s wife Karen reportedly felt that anxiety in spades, immediately distraught at the thought of how many adjustments would have to be made as the couple came into their new, high-profile life — particularly when it came to things like the extravagant inaugural ball.
But, Tom LoBianco writes in his new book “Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House,” Trump saw to it that things were taken care of for the Pences, right down to an elegant inaugural ball gown for Karen Pence.
“What are we going to do, Mike??” LoBianco quotes Karen Pence as saying to her husband in a morning briefing with Secret Service on Nov. 9, 2016.
“We don’t have any money!” she supposedly continued, “Who’s going to pay for my inaugural gown?”
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According to LoBianco, the inaugural committee would go on to cover the cost of not one, but two, inaugural gowns, paying for sizable revisions to the original dress when Pence disapproved of it.
Karen Pence is also said to be obsessed with money and demanded $1.5 million from the Trump inauguration committee fund to renovate the Vice Presidential home.
LoBianco also claims that Mrs. Pence is the real vice president.
Karen, who is bizarrely is called “mother” by her husband, is so crafty that she gives Pence advice over the phone so that she won’t be seen hanging around him all the time.