This is all over Twitter right now, though it seems to exist only as social media rumor. And here are the tweets setting the world ablaze. (SEE UPDATE BELOW)
Note 2 Gov @mike_pence Rumors emerging that you have asked to leave tkt. Is this true? Are you stepping down from the Trump tkt? #Debate
— Steve Clemons (@SCClemons) October 10, 2016
With the controversy over the weekend there was already speculation Pence wanted out. With Trump dissing him on the debate stage tonight, maybe he got the last straw. As Erick noted:
Trump's Vice Presidential nominee believes the United States should stand up to hostile powers. Trump disagrees with him. Amazing.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 10, 2016
IF this becomes more than a social media “sources say” rumor, you’ll be the first to know.
Update: Clemmons, who is a reporter, an MSNBC contributor, and Editor at The Atlantic, has posted a follow-up to his mega viral tweet.
Update 2: And the source of the rumor mill retracts. Rather obliquely, I’d say, considering the 11,000 retweets and subsequent independent tweets.
However, it doesn’t mean he didn’t ask. It doesn’t even mean he isn’t still. Or that he won’t tomorrow. That there is now a significant rift between Pence and Trump is in little doubt. Pence was already in hot water with Trump for not defending him vigorously enough at the VP debate, then he blasted Trump’s comments in the TrumpTape. On stage, Trump said Pence was wrong about Syria, a major issue, and what’s more, that they hadn’t even discussed it.
This is no honeymoon. It is at best a buddy cop movie where we’re still in the part where they haven’t become buddies yet.