(UPDATE: The Vatican confirms that Pope Francis did indeed meet with Kim Davis. His “Cool Pope” card has been officially revoked.)
As you may have heard by now, on Tuesday, it came out that Mat Staver, lawyer of self-appointed bigotry martyr Kim Davis, said that his client had held a secret meeting with the Pope in Washington, D.C. during his visit to America. This came about just one day after Pope Francis released a vague statement in support of Davis, citing something about “conscientious objection.”
Now Davis herself is claiming to have met the Pope, and in an exclusive interview with ABC News Wednesday morning, she details her “humbling” meeting.
“I put my hand out and he reached and he grabbed it, and I hugged him and he hugged me,” Davis said. “And he said, ‘thank you for your courage.’”
“He told me before he left, he said, ‘stay strong.’ That was a great encouragement. Just knowing that the pope is on track with what we’re doing, it kind of validates everything to have someone of that stature,” Davis said.
For their part, the Vatican Press office released a statement saying that they would neither confirm nor deny whether or not such a meeting took place, and refuse to comment further. Because — if this account is not totally factually accurate — what is the Pope going to do, call out a lady for being a liar? That’s hardly the Pope way.
It should be noted that, just yesterday, Staver was caught in a lie over a photo he claimed had been taken at a Kim Davis rally in Peru, which was later determined to have been taken at a religious convention in May of 2014. So, it may not come as a huge surprise that many are questioning whether or not Kim Davis did indeed meet the Pope.
Many took to Twitter to express their disbelief, or just poke fun at Davis in general: