Internet obliterates Mississippi Republican for refusing to talk to female reporter without male chaperone

This week, Mississippi state Rep. Robert Foster, who is running for governor, blocked a female reporter from shadowing his campaign unless she was accompanied by a man. He said that he was invoking the "Billy Graham Rule," refusing to be alone with women to protect the sanctity of his marriage — a practice also famously followed by Vice President Mike Pence.


Faced with criticism, Foster doubled down on his decision on Wednesday, characterizing it as an expression of his Christian faith:

Social media, however, was not impressed with Foster's unapologetic discrimination against women, and Twitter quickly buried him in scorn: