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Pence gets destroyed for trying to clean up Trump’s WikiLeaks lie: ‘Words don’t have meaning in Trumpworld’

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Vice President Mike Pence on Friday claimed Donald Trump’s 2016 declaration that he “loves WikiLeaks” was not an endorsement of the organization — and earned himself the scorn of Twitter.

After WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday, President Donald Trump claimed he had no knowledge of the leak organization — in spite of him mentioning it over a hundred times on the campaign trail in 2016.

In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Pence said that although “the president always welcomes information” — a reference to his many laudatory comments about WikiLeaks’ hacked Democratic National Committee documents — Trump’s comments were “in no way an endorsement.”

“Words don’t have meaning in Trumpworld,” Vox’s Aaron Rupar joked.

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Another user shared a funny — albeit crass — anecdote.

“As a young man, I once worked cleaning up after livestock,” the user wrote. “I kind of know how the VP feels these days.”

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“Does Pence think he gets his dignity and soul back at the end of the term?” another user quipped.

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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the only African-American member of the president’s Cabinet, and is often trotted out to clean up after Trump makes a mess too obviously problematic for the media to ignore. While Trump has tried to spin his recent racist attacks on four progressive freshman congresswomen as a strategic maneuver meant to manipulate Democratic infighting to his advantage, Carson's re-emergence from his stupor should be a clear indication that the president’s team recognizes the damage that can be caused by his unforced errors.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

It’s illegal for federal employees to engage in political activities while they are on the job.

“It’s a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official, to say in her official capacity, to hope that the president will be reelected,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics at the Washington University in St. Louis.

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