As the political world continues to be rocked by the aftermath of the Capitol Hill riots earlier this year, the latest twist comes in the form of a dramatic accusation by former President Donald Trump. In a recent interview with a conservative commentator, Trump claimed that his former Vice President, Mike Pence, was responsible for the violent events that took place on January 6.
The comments were made in an interview with right-wing host Candace Owens. In response to a question about Pence’s role on the day of the riots, Trump said: “I was disappointed by Mike Pence. I actually think that Mike Pence let us down badly.”
Trump went on to suggest that Pence had not done enough to support his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. He claimed that the Vice President had failed to take action to address alleged election fraud, and had therefore played a significant role in inciting the violence that took place on January 6.
Trump’s claims have been met with mixed reactions from both sides of the political spectrum. Some of his supporters have rallied behind him, seeing his comments as evidence of a continued commitment to exposing what they believe to be widespread election fraud. Others, however, see this as yet another example of Trump’s tendency to deflect blame and portray himself as a victim.
The accusations are particularly noteworthy given Trump and Pence’s previous relationship, which was at times strained but ultimately saw the two working together for the duration of Trump’s presidency. It is likely that this latest development will only serve to further fuel the growing tensions and divisions within the Republican party.
Ultimately, it is up to historians and commentators to assess the veracity of Trump’s claims regarding Pence’s alleged role in the Capitol Hill riots. What is clear, however, is that these comments are yet another reminder of how deeply polarised and fraught the current political climate in the United States is, and how difficult it will be to find common ground moving forward.