VP spox squashes dubious claim Pence quietly supported booting Trump

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Using anonymous sources to support outrageous claims may not be as good for the media as they might think.

Late last night New York Magazine and Huffington Post contributor Yashar Ali tweeted out an “exclusive” report that earned him both a Drudge headline and a response from the vice president’s press secretary.

“Exclusive: I’ve obtained passages from the book by ‘Anonymous’, the author of the NYT Op-ed, “Ali tweeted. “In the book, Anonymous claims that senior officials had no doubt that Pence would support invoking the 25th amendment if the majority of the cabinet agreed.”

Ali continues the tweet thread by explaining that “Anonymous” claims the 25th Amendment discussion arose when special council Bob Mueller was appointed, causing Trump to behave “erratically.” The unknown author also states that senior White House officials were fairly confident that VP Pence would support their effort to oust the president if need be.

To his credit, Ali admits that he has no way of independently verifying whether the claims made in the book have any merit. He is merely reporting on the portion of the book that he received, which puts “Anonymous” in the room at the time that these discussions were alleged to have taken place.

It didn’t take long for the vice president’s press secretary, Katie Weldman, to catch wind of the outlandish allegations against her boss. She unequivocally condemned Ali’s report as “fake news,” attempting to squash the rumors before they could bear bad fruit.

Liberals were quick to attack Waldman, likely because the claims made by “Anonymous” were what they preferred to hear.

This come on the heels of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stating that, should President Trump be forced out of office, he is ready to go toe-to-toe with Mike Pence.

“If it’s not Trump, we’re gonna beat Mike Pence,” tweeted the verified Bernie Sanders account. At the same time, the “People for Bernie” twitter account put out a statement that noted Sanders’ campaign isn’t just focused on winning the presidency and removing Trump from office, but “defeating everything that enabled him and his ethos.”

It’s unclear how “People for Bernie” plan to “defeat” the almost 62 million Americans who voted Trump into the White House.

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