The pellet with the poison’s in the flagon with the dragon; the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true.
– Danny Kaye, “The Court Jester,” 1955
“Laughable and absurd.” That’s how Vice-President Mike Pence described a report in the New York Times that he was conducting a shadow presidential campaign focused on the 2020 election. He denounced the Times article as “disgraceful and offensive to me, my family and our entire team.” “The allegations in this article are categorically false,” he protested, “and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this administration.” Suggesting the Times information was – you guessed it – “fake news,” he tweeted, “my entire team will continue to focus all our efforts to advance the president’s agenda and see him re-elected in 2020.” He wrapped up with what passes as a rhetorical flourish on Planet Pence: “Any suggestion otherwise is both laughable and absurd.”
He is, of course, lying.