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.
Words don't have meaning in Trumpworld https://t.co/1Sowrl5OSN— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1555081174.0
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."
As a young man, I once worked cleaning up after livestock. I kind of know how the VP feels these days. https://t.co/xediUOw7Nh— Howard Noel (@Howard Noel)1555082266.0
"Does Pence think he gets his dignity and soul back at the end of the term?" another user quipped.
So when the President says "I love Wikileaks" he didn't mean it as an endorsement of the organization. Got it. Do… https://t.co/HelmGFaRKX— Old Democrat (@Old Democrat)1555080942.0
Check out more responses below:
“I don't discriminate against anyone.” – Mike Pence on April 12, 2019 “The president didn't endorse Wikileaks.”… https://t.co/qm597KWMDX— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@Mrs. Betty Bowers)1555084447.0
NARRATOR: "Trump's 140 + statements praising wikileaks were, in fact, an endorsement" https://t.co/ch1D4KQojT— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson)1555084110.0
It's like these people have never seen a shit talker before. Millionaire guardians of truth who can't distinguish b… https://t.co/icGUCcMLBQ— Bogey Carmichael (@Bogey Carmichael)1555083512.0
This is how an obsequious, oleaginous sycophant talks to defend his master. The truth is there for anyone with eyes… https://t.co/aVEkwxtiub— Steven Beschloss (@Steven Beschloss)1555077241.0
I'll never forget how the media treated Tim Kaine for calling out Pence's provable lies during the VP debate.… https://t.co/g9RpQ1Mw8m— rabidwvufan🌊 (@rabidwvufan🌊)1555082663.0
MORON Pence: Trump saying he 'loves' WikiLeaks 'was in no way an endorsement' https://t.co/r2bpTkhccg— USNCPO - BYE DON! 🇺🇸⚓✈️ (@USNCPO - BYE DON! 🇺🇸⚓✈️)1555084811.0
Fair point: He probably told the same thing to his first two wives, which proved to be less than a long-term endors… https://t.co/9hW1xEdqDA— Larry Parsons (@Larry Parsons)1555084032.0