Pop quiz time! What is the Twitter handle of Donald Trump’s soon-to-be vice president Mike Pence? Well, it’s not @MikePence, but plenty of people seem to think it is. In fact, @MikePence is owned by a liberal software developer of the same name, whereas the Mike Pence we all love to hate goes by @M
As you can imagine, this has led to a pretty hilarious situation where a software developer gets all the messages intended for a man who advocated for ‘conversion therapy’ to ‘cure’ homosexuals. Here’s a sample of what he’s had to put up with for the last year…
— akachelmeier (@kachelme1) November 15, 2016
— Lminn (@21sunshine64) November 7, 2016
— susan (@susanmi96148849) November 6, 2016
— ellen silver (@ellensilver3) November 6, 2016
And this is all despite his biography clearly stating that anyone tweeting him probably has the wrong guy…
— Sophia Benoit (@1followernodad) November 15, 2016
Being a man who says he hates VP Pence to the very core, you can probably understand why Pence is so upset to share his name.
— Mike Pence (@mikepence) November 16, 2016
At first, the software engineer tried to be polite and inform people that he isn’t the Mike Pence they think he is, but after Trump’s nomination and victory it all became too much. “I don’t generally waste the time to correct people,” he told NYMag back in July.
I’m a liberal software engineer, not a Republocrat bigot. Send your hate-tweets to @GovPenceIN
— Mike Pence (@mikepence) July 13, 2016
oh yay. dumb and dumber are on the ticket and I am going to have to use a nickname because being Mike Pence just became unfortunate. 😐
— Mike Pence (@mikepence) July 14, 2016
So instead, he used his name as an opportunity to troll Trump supporters. “I get to troll conservatives a bit by pretending to be in a love affair with Donald Trump using my account,” Pence said.
— Mike Pence (@mikepence) July 15, 2016
While he may not be enjoying the situation, everyone else finds it pretty hilarious.
— Andrew Husband (@AndrewHusband) November 16, 2016
@mikepence lol I am so sorry
— Athena Hollow (@athenahollow) November 16, 2016
While others said they were in a similar position.
— Mr. Brown (@Cdbrow1) November 16, 2016
And some just want him to replace the vice president entirely.
— Patrick L. Lee (@patricklee6669) November 16, 2016