1 Word Has Haters Convinced Mike Pence Wrote ‘Anonymous’ Trump-Bashing Op-Ed

Some online commenters are convinced that the use of a single word in The New York Times’ scathing anti-Donald Trump op-ed means the piece was actually written by none other than Vice President Mike Pence. Decide for yourself if this is the smoking gun…

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence (Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Some social media users are claiming that Vice President Mike Pence was the anonymous “senior official in the Trump administration” who wrote the anti-Trump op-ed for The New York Times based on just one word in the piece: lodestar. The “evidence” sounds a bit weak, considering the praise that Pence often gives Trump.

In the article, the unidentified author singles out the late Arizona Sen. John McCain as “a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue.”

The word ― which Merriam-Webster defines as either “a star that leads or guides” or a person who “serves as an inspiration, model, or guide” ― isn’t very commonly used. But Pence says it regularly in public and behind closed doors:

With the “lodestar” hashtag trending on Twitter, audio producer Dan Bloom explained why he believes the use of the word in the op-ed makes Pence a key suspect.

“The word is ‘LODESTAR.’ Note that it comes in the same paragraph praising John McCain. That would rule out flame-throwers like Stephen Miller and Dan Scavino and suggest someone with Senate ties. This reveal is not going to take long,” wrote Bloom. “‘Lodestar’ just seems like an unusual word to use in general, not to mention in an op-ed that’s going to be widely read. It has this whiff of sanctimony. So I search for John Kelly and James Mattis ever having used the word ‘lodestar.’ Nothing. But then… an example pops up of Vice President Mike Pence using the word ‘lodestar’ in a speech at the UN in September 2017.”

“Two months later, Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Jack Kemp Leadership Award Dinner. He drops ‘lodestar’ again,” added Bloom. “Two more months later (like clockwork,) February 2018. Vice President Mike Pence speaking in Tokyo, alongside Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. Place your bets… another ‘lodestar.'”

But, as usual, there are a few glaring issues with this liberal conspiracy theory. First of all, the Times described the author as “a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure.” Pence is probably the only White House official who can’t be fired, as he was duly elected by the American people along with President Trump.

Sure, “lodestar” is a unique word which isn’t commonly used in conversation. However, the term is so obscure and unique to the rhetoric of Vice President Pence that he would never reveal his identity so easily by using it in an op-ed written “anonymously.” By the same token, it is exactly the type of term someone trying to frame Pence might use to throw the scent off of themselves.

And that isn’t an original tactic. In fact, leakers within the Trump administration have used this strategy to remain ambiguous. “To cover my tracks, I usually pay attention to other staffers’ idioms and use that in my background quotes. That throws the scent off me,” one White House official told Axios earlier this year.

And, of course, the key piece of evidence suggesting that Pence is not the author of the Times op-ed is his unwavering support of President Donald Trump since day one. He is, perhaps, the least likely of anyone within the Trump administration to do something like this. Heck, I’d peg Trump’s own son-in-law, Jared Kushner, against him before I’d say Pence did this.

In summary, the same people who were dead sure that Hillary Clinton was going to win the 2016 presidential election by margins of up to 95% are now certain that Vice President Mike Pence is actually working against President Trump. You just can’t make this stuff up.

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