Former Vice President Mike Pence sharply condemned former President Donald Trump on Saturday for his involvement in the incident at the U.S. on January 6. Capitol, deepening their differences as they get ready to compete for the GOP nominee in the upcoming election.
During his speech at the yearly black-tie Gridiron Dinner attended by lawmakers and journalists, Vice President Pence stated President Trump was mistaken. “I didn’t have the right to void the election. And I know that history will hold Donald Trump responsible for the risk his careless statements caused to my family and everyone else in the Capitol that day.
Pence’s comments were his harshest criticism from the formerly obedient subordinate who has frequently avoided facing his former leader. Trump has already said that he will run.
While Pence oversaw the formal certification of the results in the days preceding January 6, 2021, Trump pressured him to annul President Joseph Biden’s victory. Pence declined, with some rioters shouting “hang Mike Pence” as they stormed the Capitol.
In its final report, the House committee that looked into the attack claimed that “the President of the United States had whipped up a mob that chased his own Vice President.”
Pence cemented his position in the more extensive discussion about evaluating the attack among Republicans with his statements.
For instance, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy recently gave Fox News host Tucker Carlson access to an archive of security camera footage from January 6, which Carlson has used to downplay the day’s events and promote conspiracy theories.
Pence remarked in his speech at the Gridiron Dinner, “Make no mistake about it, what happened that day was a shame. And any other representation is a mockery of civility.
However, Trump has persisted in spreading false information about his electoral defeat. He has even advocated for the rioters, saying that he could think about pardoning them if he were to win a second term.
Pence used political satire during his speech at the Gridiron Dinner, often a funny event where politicians make fun of one another.
He made light of the fact that Trump’s ego was so fragile and that he desired his vice president to sing “Wind Beneath My Wings,” including the phrase, “Did you ever know that you’re my hero?