He was watching on television while a supporter who attacked the Capitol on January 6, 2021 was chanting “Hang Mike Pence.” In the 2020 election The New York Times reported on Wednesday..
According to The Times, the comments were communicated to colleagues by former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and appeared in testimony given to the January 6 selection committee investigating what happened that day.
In line with the Times story, Politico reported “Three people familiar with the matter” confirmed that Trump “expressed his support for hanging his vice president.”
Shortly before the outbreak of violence in the Capitol, Trump whisked a crowd of thousands of supporters at a rally specifically targeted at Pence.
“Mike Pence, I hope you stand up for the benefit of our Constitution and our country. Otherwise, I would be very disappointed with you, I will tell you Now, “Trump said.
By that time, Pence had already decided not to block the proof of the Electoral College’s vote that Trump had lost to Biden. Once the votes were officially aggregated, the crowds who saw Trump outside the White House marched to the Capitol to confuse the counts.
Overwhelming Parliamentary police, breaking windows, forcing their way into the building, and many of Trump’s supporters built a makeshift gallows with ropes attached to “hang Mike Pence.” I chanted it. Trump reportedly made his remarks as the turmoil unfolded, but as the Times pointed out, the exact wording and tone he used remained unclear.
Trump spokesman Taylor Glitch has issued a statement to the Times and Politico. He does not directly deny the former president’s comment on Pence, but he followed the committee on January 6.
“The vague’leak’, anonymous testimony, and willingness to change evidence of this partisan committee is just an extension of the Democratic defamation campaign that has been exposed many times because it is forged and dishonest. It proves to be, “Greich said in a statement. “Americans are fed up with Democratic lies and charades, but sadly that’s the only thing they have to offer.”
A Mike Pence spokesman declined a request for comment from Yahoo News.
Former Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson confirmed to the Commission on January 6 that his boss had spoken to Trump about Pence’s hanging, according to The Times. Meadows’ lawyer told the Times that there was “every reason to believe” about what Meadows said was “not true.”
In an interview with ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl last year, Trump was asked about the chant of “Hang Mike Pence” and whether he was worried about the Vice President’s safety during the riots.
“Did you worry about him during the siege? Was he worried about his safety?” Karl asked Trump.
“No, I thought he was well protected, and I heard he was in good condition,” Trump replied. “No, I heard he was in very good shape, but — no, I think —”
“It was terrible because you heard those chants, that is, you know, those–“
“He was able to do that-well, the people were very angry,” Trump continued.
“They said’hang Mike Pence’,” Karl added.
“Because it’s common sense, John, it’s common sense you have to keep. How can you pass a fraudulent vote to Congress if you know the vote is fraudulent?” Trump said.
In a February speech to the Federalist Association, Pence argued against Trump’s claim that he could simply have blocked the recognition of the electoral college.
“President Trump is wrong. I didn’t have the right to overturn the election. Presidential positions belong only to Americans and Americans. And frankly, everyone can choose an American president. There is no more non-American idea than the idea of being able to do it, “Pence said.
In April, Rep. Jamie Ruskin, a member of the Commission on January 6, explains Ec. bottom. ..
“The secret service agent, who was probably reporting to Trump’s secret service agent, was trying to get him out of campus. He said,” I won’t get in the car until I count the votes of the electoral college. ” Said. He knew exactly what this internal coup they were planning to do, “Russkin said. Interview at Georgetown University“This was not a coup directed at the President. It was a coup directed by the President to the Vice President and Parliament.”