In an exclusive interview with ABC’s “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir, former vice president Mike Pence stated that former president Donald Trump’s speech was “reckless” when a mob of his fans destroyed the Capitol last year, forcing Pence and others into temporary hiding.
“The president’s remarks were careless, after all. He decided to contribute to the issue, “To Muir, Pence spoke. Pence claimed that when the uprising took place, he was “angry” over a tweet from Trump in which the former president claimed that he “didn’t have the bravery to do what should have been done” after refusing to recognize Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election in the face of pressure.
EXCLUSIVE: “The president’s words were reckless,” Mike Pence tells @DavidMuir of Trump’s words on Jan. 6, saying they “endangered me and my family and everyone at the Capitol building.”
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“It doesn’t require guts to breach the law, I replied, turning to my daughter, who was standing close. To maintain the law requires courage,” In his first network TV interview since the uprising, Pence, whose biography “So Help Me God” is being released on Tuesday, told Muir.
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In an exclusive interview conducted at the former vice president’s home in Indiana, Muir pressed Pence on some other topics, including whether Trump should ever hold the presidency again, whether Pence will run for president, whether Trump hurt Republicans in the midterm elections, and what Pence thinks of reports that secret documents were stolen from the White House.
On January 6, 2021, Pence was in charge of Congress’ confirmation of the results of the 2020 Electoral College when a sizable crowd propelled by Trump marched to the Capitol, overran security, and destroyed the structure, placing Pence and congressional members under lockdown.
He said to Muir this week that “the president’s comments were foolish, and his actions were reckless.” “I, my family, and everyone at the Capitol building were put in danger by the president criticizing that day at the rally (before the melee).”
After criticemphasizede for not preventing the certification, which Pence emphasized he couldn’t legally do, and repeating fanciful conspiracy theories about massive fraud in the 2020 election, Trump eventually ordered the rioters to disperse since leavingcriticizingnce has lauded the administration’s policies while criticizing Trump for his obsession with the 2016 election.