Pence Says Trump ‘Endangered My Family’ On Jan. 6

    FILE - Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a Coolidge and the American Project luncheon in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress, Feb. 16, 2023, in Washington. On Saturday, March 11, Pence harshly criticized former President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, furthering the rift between the two men as they prepare to battle over the Republican nomination in next year's election. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday harshly criticized former President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, widening the rift between the two men as they prepare to battle over the Republican nomination in next year’s election.

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    “President Trump was wrong,” Pence said during remarks at the annual white-tie Gridiron Dinner attended by politicians and journalists. “I had no right to overturn the election. And his reckless words endangered my family and everyone at the Capitol that day, and I know history will hold Donald Trump accountable.”

    Pence’s remarks were the sharpest condemnation yet from the once-loyal lieutenant who has often shied away from confronting his former boss. Trump has already declared his candidacy. Pence has not, but he’s been laying the groundwork to run.

    In the days leading up to Jan. 6, 2021, Trump pressured Pence to overturn President Joe Biden’s election victory as he presided over the ceremonial certification of the results. Pence refused, and when rioters stormed the Capitol, some chanted that they wanted to “hang Mike Pence.”

    The House committee that investigated the attack said in its final report that “the President of the United States had riled up a mob that hunted his own Vice President.”

    With his remarks, Pence solidified his place in a broader debate within the Republican Party over how to view the attack. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, for example, recently provided Tucker Carlson with an archive of security camera footage from Jan. 6, which the Fox News host has used to downplay the day’s events and promote conspiracy theories.

    “Make no mistake about it, what happened that day was a disgrace,” Pence said in his Gridiron Dinner remarks. “And it mocks decency to portray it any other way.”

    Trump, meanwhile, has continued to spread lies about his election loss. He’s even spoken in support of the rioters and said he would consider pardoning them if he was reelected.

    Speeches at the Gridiron Dinner are usually humorous affairs, where politicians poke fun at each other, and Pence did plenty of that as well.

    He joked that Trump’s ego was so fragile, he wanted his vice president to sing “Wind Beneath My Wings” — one of the lines is “did you ever know that you’re my hero?” — during their weekly lunches.

    He took another shot at Trump over classified documents.

    “I read that some of those classified documents they found at Mar-a-Lago were actually stuck in the president’s Bible,” Pence said. “Which proves he had absolutely no idea they were there.”

    Even before the dinner was over, Pence was facing criticism for his jokes about Transportation Secretary Buttigieg, the first openly gay Cabinet member in U.S. history.

    Pence mentioned that, despite travel problems that were plaguing Americans, Buttigieg took “maternity leave” after he and his husband adopted newborn twins.

    “Pete is the only person in human history to have a child and everyone else gets post-partum depression,” Pence said.

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    8 months ago

    I stopped reading this website all together when I saw that it was deep into whitewashing Trump beyond any defensible reasoning. I had to go on the site today to look for something. Where are all the Trump defenders? Surely Pence must be some sort of communist leftist right?

    Hunter Biden the artist
    Hunter Biden the artist
    8 months ago

    What white wash as the true facts seem to eventual surface we see a socialist Democratic Party lying about everything and behind it.
    Why fear that they are losing Americans

    Taka Taka
    Taka Taka
    8 months ago

    Jan 6 was a failed PUTSCH. The rioters tried to overturn the national election by sturming the Capitol. 350 pleaded GUILTY, jailed. VP Pence threatened. Rightists not brave enough to take responsibilty for their brutal actions in the attemlted COUP.

    8 months ago

    The video of Jan 6th were released to the public by McCarthy and shows no insurrection. Pence is committing political suicide. Pence , who cerified a fraud presidential election.