Former Vice President Mike Pence, who was Senate President who presided over the Electoral College on Jan. 6, unloaded on former President Donald Trump at Saturday’s Gridiron Dinner.
Pence blasted his former boss Trump in his harshest criticism yet of his former running mate.
“History will hold Donald Trump accountable on January 6,” Pence said. “Make no mistake: What happened that day was a disgrace, and it mocks decency to portray it any other way. President Trump was wrong. His reckless words put my family and everyone in the Capitol that day.”
Donald Trump gave a speech at a location about a twenty-minute walk from the Capitol on January 6. In the speech, he urged his supporters to “make their voices heard peacefully and patriotically.”
The new video of the so-called “Q Anon Shaman” shows him repeating the message that Donald Trump gave in his speech to urge the protesters to “go home”.
🚨 Breaking: Video resurfaces of Jacob Chansley reading Trump’s tweet, telling protesters to “GO HOME” and keep the peace. pic.twitter.com/dhJKYKrblT
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Also, Donald Trump was banned from social media shortly after he sent messages asking protesters to keep the peace.
“Go home in love and peace,” he urged. “Remember this day forever!”
Pence’s rebuke comes just days after Fox News host Tucker Carlson released never-before-seen footage showing Trump’s detractors lied about key events on Jan. 6, including: the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick; the role of the Capitol Police in facilitating Chansley’s speech to the Senate; and the dishonest testimony of unindicted rioter Ray Epps.
Pence took issue with Tucker Carlson by pointing out that many of the visitors to the Capitol building were peaceful and acting like tourists.
“Tourists don’t injure 140 police officers simply by sightseeing,” he said. “Tourists don’t break down doors to get to the president of the Chamber. Tourists do not threaten public officials.”
The former veep also praised the press for its coverage of Jan. 6, which Trump has routinely called “the enemy of the people” and “fake news.”
“We were able to stay in our place in part because you stayed in your place,” he said of the reporters who covered the attack in real time. “The American people know what happened that day because you never stopped reporting.”
“I don’t deny that you make me angry … and I certainly make you angry … but I genuinely appreciate what you do to keep us a democracy,” he added.
Thus, Mike Pence has revealed himself as an ally of the Washington establishment and the media, who continue to mislead the American people with one-sided propaganda about what really happened on January 6th.
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