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.”
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) April 12, 2019
“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 (@atrupar) April 12, 2019
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 (@howardnoel) April 12, 2019
“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. Does Pence think he gets his dignity and soul back at the end of the term? https://t.co/5lGDBfD3hg
— Brett Di Resta (@BCDiResta) April 12, 2019
Check out more responses below:
“I don't discriminate against anyone.”
– Mike Pence on April 12, 2019
“The president didn't endorse Wikileaks.”
– Also Mike Pence on April 12, 2109 pic.twitter.com/7XqpEvG57L
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) April 12, 2019
NARRATOR: "Trump's 140 + statements praising wikileaks were, in fact, an endorsement" https://t.co/ch1D4KQojT
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 12, 2019
It's like these people have never seen a shit talker before. Millionaire guardians of truth who can't distinguish between shit-talking and substance.
— Bogey Carmichael (@the_heavy_stuff) April 12, 2019
This is how an obsequious, oleaginous sycophant talks to defend his master. The truth is there for anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear. https://t.co/WIsZrSvTiu
— Steven Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) April 12, 2019
— rabidwvufan🌊 (@AmyAyers16) April 12, 2019
MORON Pence: Trump saying he 'loves' WikiLeaks 'was in no way an endorsement' https://t.co/r2bpTkhccg
— USNCPO #Resistance (@CraigCo62) April 12, 2019
Ok, got it. That is one helluva shovel ya got there, Pencey https://t.co/KuQRPPTWYU
— fully unlawful and, believe it or not, coyotes (@fullylawful) April 12, 2019
Fair point: He probably told the same thing to his first two wives, which proved to be less than a long-term endorsement. https://t.co/m7NFGyGPnx
— Larry Parsons (@LParsons69) April 12, 2019