The day after the House Committee investigating the assault on January 6 Serious danger posed by riots Former President Donald J. Trump has criticized Mike Pence for unleashing a new attack on the man who was Vice President and refusing to block the recognition of the electoral college in the 2020 presidential election. ..
“Mike didn’t have the courage to act,” Trump tried to unilaterally reject the Electoral College vote cast on Joseph R. Biden Jr. in front of a faith-based group on Friday afternoon. Said.
On Thursday, the House Panel said Mr. Trump and his adviser had no power to block certification for Mr. Pence. It would be against the law to do soBut I pressured him to try anyway.
The Commission also used witnesses to dismantle and condemn Mr. Trump’s false allegations of widespread election fraud. This is a recurring discussion in the keynote speech at the Faith and Associated State Conference in Nashville on Friday.
According to his adviser, Mr. Trump is angry at the hearing, knowing that he lacks the bully Palpit to respond. He used many of Friday’s speeches to repeat his false election allegations and hurt Mr. Pence.
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The most striking thing was the background of the attack on Mr. Pence.Mr. Pence has a presence in the 2016 presidential election Reassure evangelical voters Trump, a three-married New York real estate developer whose first divorce was tabloid feed for several months and upheld the right to abortion, has become sufficiently conservative on social issues.
Mr. Pence, who often talks about his religious beliefs, is popular among voters attending meetings. But that didn’t stop Mr. Trump from blaming him from the Friday stage.
After repeating allegations about the widely exposed fraudulent elections Including by his former lawyer presidentWilliam P. Barr, Trump turned to Pence.
Initially, he claimed in a phone call with the Vice President on the morning of January 6, 2021 that he did not call Mr. Pence a “weak”, but Mr. Trump’s former aide Nick Luna was punished for perjury. I testified below. Such a comment. “I don’t even know who these people are,” Mr. Trump told the crowd.
“I’ve never called Mike Pence a sissy,” her daughter Ivanka answered, and later Trump used her vulgarity to effectively call Pence a coward, her chief of staff. I told the official. Then Mr. Trump continued to describe Mr. Pence as weak.
“Mike Pence had a great opportunity. He frankly had an opportunity to be historic,” said the former president. “But like Bill Barr and other vulnerable people,” Pence said, “I didn’t have the courage to act.” The comments were applauded.
Mr. Trump continued to ridicule Mr. Pence. Mr. Pence’s aides will reject the victory of Mr. Biden’s electoral college or vote for a state to be reviewed by declaring a 10-day adjournment in Congress.
“Mike Pence had no choice but to become a human conveyor belt,” Trump said.
Mr. Trump also misunderstood the 1801 recognition of Thomas Jefferson’s presidential victory. This was a process overseen by then-Vice President Jefferson, who argued that Pence should have used the model to appoint Mr. Trump.
“I told Mike,’If you do this, you can be Thomas Jefferson,'” Trump said. “And after everything fell, I looked at him one day and said,” Mike, I hate to say this, but you’re not Thomas Jefferson. ” “
Mark Short, former Chief of Staff of Pence, said the conversation never happened. Mr Short did not comment further on Mr Trump’s speech.
Mr. Trump also complained that the House Commission had edited a video of his former aide’s testimony to prevent it from being played in full context. He appears to indirectly refer to the testimony of his daughter Ivanka, whose remarks were used against his father in two hearings.
Speaking of mobs flocking to the Capitol, leaving an elliptical speech on January 6, Mr. Trump continued to defend. “It was a simple protest,” he said. “I’m out of control.”