‘Sycophant’ ~ arse-licker ~ Mike Pence provides teachable moment for Dictionary.com

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This week’s passage of the Republicans’ tax bill was largely seen as a major legislative victory for President Trump. In a meeting of Cabinet members Wednesday, Vice President Pence got right down to business singing his boss’s praises.

In a three-minute speech, the vice president gushed about Trump’s accomplishments once every 12 seconds, as The Washington Post pointed out. Pence’s pep talk included memorable praise such as telling Trump that he has “unleashed American energy,” “signed more bills rolling back federal red tape than any president in American history,” “restored American credibility on the world stage” and “got Congress to do what they couldn’t do for seven years, in repealing the individual mandate in Obamacare.”

Pence’s speech was fodder for plenty of eye-rolling and jokes online, including from an unlikely source — Dictionary.com.

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“There’s a word for a person who would praise someone every 12 seconds,” the site’s Twitter account posted Thursday, before linking to the dictionary’s entry for “sycophant.” The tweet ended with the hashtags “VP” and “Pence.”

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