Pence Condemns Trump for January 6 Attack as Both Prep for Presidential Runs

In an interview that aired on ABC on Monday morning, former Vice President Mike Pence condemned former President Donald Trump for his position within the January 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol constructing.

Pence was on the Capitol the day of the assault overseeing the certification of the Electoral Faculty vote. Trump had urged Pence quite a few occasions in public statements and behind the scenes to refuse to depend authentic electors’ votes and to simply accept pretend electors as a way to overturn his loss within the 2020 presidential election to now-President Joe Biden.

Pence accurately famous that he didn’t have the authorized authority to take such actions, as Modification 12 of the U.S. Structure stipulates that the vp’s position throughout the certification course of is just to watch. In response, Trump tweeted that Pence “didn’t have the braveness to do what ought to have been carried out” and gave an incendiary speech pushing false claims of election fraud to a mob of his loyalists exterior the White Home, instructing them to move to Congress to precise their grievances in particular person.

That mob went on to violently breach the usCapitol constructing, with dozens chanting for Pence to be hanged.

“The president’s phrases that day on the rally endangered me and my household and everybody on the Capitol constructing,” the former vice president said in the interview on Monday night.

Trump’s tweet to his loyalists “angered” him, Pence went on.

“The president’s phrases have been reckless. It was clear he determined to be a part of the issue,” he said.

Pence’s interview comes practically one yr to the day after Trump stated it was “frequent sense” for his loyalists to name for the vp to be hanged.

In an interview with ABC Information’s Jonathan Karl final November, Trump stated he wasn’t frightened about Pence’s security throughout the assault as a result of he was “well-protected” — ignoring the truth that the mob of his loyalists had damaged safety boundaries and rushed previous Capitol police. At one level, the mob managed to get within a few dozen feet of the vice president.

All through that interview, Trump maintained that the election was fraudulent — a lie he continues to push with out proof — and justified the gang’s anger towards Pence. “How are you going to cross on a fraudulent vote to Congress? How are you going to try this?” Trump stated, wrongly suggesting that Pence had the constitutional energy to dam the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election.

Pence’s feedback on ABC come simply in the future earlier than Trump is predicted to announce a 2024 presidential run. Pence can also be more likely to announce he’s working for president, and his interview coincides with the latest publication of his e book.

Many social media customers blasted the previous vp for standing by Trump when it was politically expedient for him to take action and for not cooperating with the January 6 committee’s investigation.

“As Mike Pence embarks on his redemption/e book tour, always remember that he proudly stood by as Donald Trump locked migrant kids in cages, bragged about sexually assaulting ladies, attacked the free press, referred to as lifeless troopers ‘suckers & losers’, and unfold lies about voter fraud,” podcaster Dash Dobrofsky wrote on Twitter.

“Not an actual profile in braveness right here from Mike Pence,” former U.S. attorney Joyce Vance tweeted, including that Pence did the interview to “resurrect a political profession, however he wouldn’t do it for the proper causes earlier, when it might have made a distinction.”