Charlotte Pence On Broken Friendships, Lessons Learned Post-2016

The vice president's daughter is out with a new book that details her experience on the campaign trail during the 2016 election.
Posted at 4:30 PM, Oct 19, 2018

One of the vice president's children is opening up about what life was like during the 2016 campaign and the time that followed. 

Charlotte Pence just released "Where You Go: Life Lessons from My Father," which she hopes readers from all walks of life can learn something from. 

"I really hope that people can relate to this book even though it might seem like we have kind of an unrelatable life sometimes," said Charlotte Pence, Vice President Pence's second-oldest child. "I think that there are a lot of lessons that I've learned from my dad and my mom over the years that I hope people would be able to learn from."

One of those lessons, she says, includes learning how to handle disagreements in our current political climate. 

"I think the 2016 election was pretty high, intense emotions for a lot of people and I think, I've heard from a lot of people that kind of lost friends or had disagreements with people just over the course of that election and I wasn't immune to that either. I think that at the end of the day, you really find who your real friends are through situations like that," Pence said. 

While the loss of friendships wasn't something she was prepared to deal with, she mentions in the book that she did anticipate her family would have to deal with criticism being lodged their way. 

"Even if the media is saying something negative or if everyday citizens are saying negative things, that’s actually good, that means that we live in a country where people can speak out against their elected leaders which is not the case in every country. And that’s a really great thing about America," Pence said. 

Unlike President Trump's kids, Charlotte Pence isn't an official member of the administration. She's currently a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School, where she says she's able to learn just as freely as her peers.

"I write about in the book that I try to give people the benefit of the doubt or not have preconceived notions about people before I meet them and I hope people do that with me and honestly my experience has been that they do. Even when people, I’m sure, find out who my dad is and are kind of surprised at first, I think that once you get to know people on an individual level those biases kind of go away. You just get to know somebody as a friend first," she said.