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No, Mike Pence's website wasn't hacked - but an excellent fake had some people fooled

The New York Times reported last week that Pence is considering a 2020 run.

A FAKE WEBSITE set up to poke fun of Mike Pence’s reported presidential ambitions has managed to fool even some Washington journalists.

The website,, greets visitors with a giant banner of US Vice President Mike Pence and the slogan: “See You Tomorrow, For Tomorrow is now Today.”

It also labels Pence as “The 46th President of the United States”. If that were true, it would mean that Pence would follow Donald Trump as US President, Trump being the 45th of course.

Last Sunday, the New York Times published an article which claimed that Pence may already be attempting to build up support to run against Trump in three years time.

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Much of the satirical Pence website pokes fun at the Vice President’s views on LGBT people. Pence has consistently opposed LGBT rights and previously advocated that State funds be directed to so-called “conversion therapy” for gay people.

In the section titled Mike’s Story, the website says that Pence was born to a “wholesome heterosexual couple” in Indiana and that he represents “the white and Christian population of America”.

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The top of the website also asks visitors: “Are You A Homosexual? If Yes, Click Here”. Doing so redirects to

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Ireland even gets a mention on the website. Pence’s  grandfather comes from Sligo and his grandmother’s parents from Co Clare.

Or, as the website puts it:

Michael Richard Pence was named after his grandfather Richard, who emigrated to America from the non-Muslim-majority country of Ireland, settling with his family in the American Midwest.

Technically, Mike Pence does have an official web address,, but that only redirects to (make of that what you will).

The fact that Pence’s own website is now Trump’s may have helped to trick a number of people who thought the Vice President had actually been hacked.

Among them was Esquire magazine which was forced into issuing a correction.

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The site appears to have its roots from back in April when it was set up by comedy website Funny or Die.

Back then the website claimed that Pence’s secret 2020 website have been “leaked”. No, it hasn’t. Not yet anyway.

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Rónán Duffy

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