History will hold Donald Trump accountable for his role in January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, former Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday in his most forceful rebuke to date of his former boss.
Pence’s harsh criticism of Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 riot is only widening the rift between the two men as they prepare to battle over the Republican nomination in next year’s election.
When thousands of Trump supporters breached the US Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election which Trump, Pence was in the building presiding over the ceremonial task of approving the Electoral College’s votes to select the president and vice president.
During the attack, he was whisked to safety by law enforcement whereas Trump sent several tweets throughout the siege making false claims of voter fraud and one calling on Republicans and others to “fight”, criticizing Pence for certifying the results.
Addressing the guests at the Gridiron dinner, an annual white-tie event in Washington, DC, Pence, who is considering a run for the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election, underscored that he had no right to overturn the election.
Pence also pointed out that Trump was wrong, stressing that his reckless words endangered his family and everyone at the Capitol that day, and adding that history will hold Trump accountable for what happened that day, describing it as a disgrace.
He noted that he’ll never, for as long as he lives, diminish the heroism of law enforcement on that tragic day, the injuries sustained, or the lives lost.
Pence previously accused Trump of endangering his family in a memoir released in November and has sharply criticized Trump’s conduct in recent media interviews after avoiding addressing the Jn. 6 events in the months following the incident.
The former VP has since upped his criticism of the behavior of his former boss that day and of the rioters.