Former US Vice President Mike Pence has criticized his former boss, Donald Trump, in an unusually harsh manner. Pence said history will judge the former US president for his role in the January 2021 Capitol storm, according to consistent media reports.
“His reckless words put my family and everyone in the Capitol in danger that day. I know history will judge Donald Trump.”
After his defeat in the November 2020 presidential election, Republican Trump asked fellow party member Pence to block official confirmation of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in Congress. However, Pence, who had been loyal to Trump until then, refused. On January 6, 2021, as Congress was about to certify Biden’s election victory, radical Trump supporters stormed the Capitol. At the time, some Trump supporters called for Pence to be hanged.
The storming of Congress, leaving five dead, has terrified the world over. Trump and Pence have been at odds ever since. “I don’t have the right to run,” Pence said on Saturday. “President Trump was wrong.”
Pence began his speech at the Gridiron Dinner in front of reporters and political leaders with jest, but then said there was one thing he wouldn’t make fun of. “The American people have a right to know what happened at the Capitol on January 6,” Pence said. “What happened that day is a disgrace and it would be dishonorable to portray it in any other way.” For many observers, these unusually clear words from Pence came as a surprise.
Trump has already announced that he wants to run again as a Republican in the 2024 presidential election. Pence is also said to be considering running for president. However, he did not comment on it himself.
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