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Trump Makes Controversial Comment on 'Hang Mike Pence' Chants During Insurrection

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There is little doubt that then-Vice President Mike Pence was the target of many within the mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6th, and this has long been a sticking point for those who aim to vilify the would-be insurrectionists.

Some on the right have suggested that the event was no more controversial than a “tour” of the building, which is a difficult position to prove no matter what side of the aisle you hail from.  This is largely due to the stated purpose of the riot which, according to its own participants, was to “hang Mike Pence”.

During an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, former President Donald Trump seemed to suggest that this sentiment was appropriate.

Jonathan Karl: “Were you worried about him during that siege? Were you worried about his safety?”

  • Trump: “No, I thought he was well-protected, and I had heard that he was in good shape. No. Because I had heard he was in very good shape. But, but, no, I think — “
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Karl: “Because you heard those chants — that was terrible. I mean — “

  • Trump: “He could have — well, the people were very angry.”

Karl: “They were saying ‘hang Mike Pence.'”

  • Trump: “Because it’s common sense, Jon. It’s common sense that you’re supposed to protect. How can you — if you know a vote is fraudulent, right? — how can you pass on a fraudulent vote to Congress? How can you do that? And I’m telling you: 50/50, it’s right down the middle for the top constitutional scholars when I speak to them. Anybody I spoke to — almost all of them at least pretty much agree, and some very much agree with me — because he’s passing on a vote that he knows is fraudulent. How can you pass a vote that you know is fraudulent? Now, when I spoke to him, I really talked about all of the fraudulent things that happened during the election. I didn’t talk about the main point, which is the legislatures did not approve — five states. The legislatures did not approve all of those changes that made the difference between a very easy win for me in the states, or a loss that was very close, because the losses were all very close.”

The recently unearthed, (but never aired), interview will almost certainly rile up the leftist among us, who’ll proclaim that this is some sort of defense of the behavior.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.