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Pence's Office Claims He Doesn't Want to Hang All Gays

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They're alleging the New Yorker published "unsubstantiated, unsourced claims."

Update: The New Yorker has released a statement, standing by their reporting. "The Vice-President's press office declined to participate in this story for months, after multiple requests for interviews, comment, and fact-checking," a spokesperson told POLITICO. "We heard from the press office only after the piece had closed, late Thursday. In the course of fact-checking this piece, we talked to more than 60 people to confirm the reporting contained therein, including senior White House officials, a senior member of the Vice-President's office, the RGA, Rep. Elijah Cummings, and multiple people who were in the room when President Trump joked that Vice-President Pence 'wants to hang' gay people. We stand by the story."

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Fake news and the Trump Administration are almost synonymous, nowadays. The New Yorker is the Administration's most recent victim, where an online story about Vice President Mike Pence is said to contain "unsubstantiated" and "unsourced" information. While the publication has yet to respond to these allegations, the article's alleged inaccuracy could rule in the Administration's favor, for once.

In 24 hours, "The Danger of President Pence" received significant media attention. The article, written by Jane Mayer, became popular for "Trump needling Pence about his views on abortion and homosexuality."

According to anonymous sources, Trump made statements like "Did Mike make you pray?" and "You've wasted all this time and energy on [overturning Roe V. Wade], and it's not going to end abortion anyway."

However, the real kicker came when the topic switched to gay rights. Trump controversially stated, "Don't ask [Pence]--he wants to hang them all."

Related | Donald Trump Joked That Mike Pence Wants to 'Hang All Gay People'

Today, Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah denounced the story, claiming it only added to the public's growing distrust of the press.

"The New Yorker piece is filled with unsubstantiated, unsourced claims that are untrue and offensive," Farah reported to the Indianapolis Star. "Articles like this are why the American people have lost so much faith in the press."

While Pence may not necessarily want to hang all gay people, he definitely wants to take away every last fundamental right. Over the course of his 16 years in office, Pence has been as devout in his opposition towards gay and transgender advancement as he is for his religion.

Conversion therapy, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Matthew Shepard, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and transgender bathrooms--Pence, why can't we be friends?

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