Given the turbulent undercurrent that we’ve already been forced to navigate thus far in the speculative beginnings of the 2024 presidential race, it no longer appears as though Donald Trump will be the lone GOP candidate vying for the nomination. In fact, there are several politicians that were once within his very near orbit that seem to be eyeing a place for themselves in the contest…including former Vice President Mike Pence.
Pence and Trump haven’t really been chummy since the events of January 6th, 2021, when protesters entered the Capitol changing “Hang Mike Pence” in response to the VP’s unwillingness to refuse to certify the election, which Trump had claimed was rigged.
Now, using his strongest language yet, Pence is taking direct aim at his former boss regarding the incident.
Former Vice President Mike Pence said in an exclusive interview with ABC’s “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir that former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric was “reckless” as a mob of his supporters ransacked the Capitol last year — with Pence and others temporarily forced into hiding.
“I mean, the president’s words were reckless. It was clear he decided to be part of the problem,” Pence told Muir.Trending:
Pence said he was “angered” over a tweet from Trump as the insurrection unfolded, when the former president said he “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done” after he rebuffed pressure to not certify now-President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory.
“I turned to my daughter, who was standing nearby, and I said, ‘It doesn’t take courage to break the law. It takes courage to uphold the law,'” Pence, who is releasing the memoir “So Help Me God” on Tuesday, told Muir in his first network TV interview since the insurrection.
But then came Pence’s most powerful statement.
“The president’s words were reckless and his actions were reckless,” he told Muir this week. “The president’s words that day at the rally [before the riot] endangered me and my family and everyone at the Capitol building.”
The sentiment certainly puts Pence directly at odds with The Don, and could be further proof that the former veep is considering a run for the real thing in ’24.