Pence says he and Trump may never agree on the Capitol riot
Former Vice President Mike Pence and former President Donald Trump had very different reactions to the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill, and it seems little has changed in the past five months.
That day, Pence had to be escorted to safety when a pro-Trump mob – some of them shouting “Hang Mike Pence! – stormed Capitol Hill in an attempt to stop certification for the 2020 presidential election. Trump, meanwhile, was sympathetic to the rioters, saying in a video message, “We love you. You are very special. .… You see the way others are treated which is so bad and so bad. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace. “
Pence discussed the attack during a speech on Thursday in New Hampshire, saying he still speaks regularly with Trump, and although he is “not sure if we will ever agree” on the riot , “I will always be proud of what we have accomplished for the American people over the past four years.”
Pence then turned his attention to the Democrats and “their allies in the media,” saying he “will not allow them” to “take advantage of a tragic day to discredit the aspirations of millions of Americans” or “hijack our attention from a new administration bent on dividing our country to advance their radical agenda. “
Democrats pushed for a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the Jan.6 assault on Capitol Hill. Last month, 35 House Republicans helped pass a bill to establish the commission, but it needs more GOP support in the Senate to pass.