Former US Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday, March 11, 2023 that history will “hold” former President Donald Trump accountable for his role in the 2021 attack on the Capitol, as reported by US media.
These statements will likely deepen the rift between the two former candidates since Pence refused to participate in Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 elections and remain in power.
“President Trump was wrong,” Pence said in a speech at a dinner in Washington held annually by journalists to meet senior politicians.
′′ I don’t have the right to overturn the election “, media quoted Pence as saying, stressing that Trump’s ′′ reckless statements put my family and everyone in the Capitol at risk that day “. “I know that history will hold Donald Trump accountable,” he added.
Thousands of Trump supporters who stormed the Congressional Building on January 6 demanded Pence’s execution, forcing him to take refuge in a safe place.
Trump announced his intention to run for a new presidential term in the 2024 elections. Pence said he might compete with him to win the Republican nomination for the ballot.
Usually, the annual Gridiron Dinner is a light-hearted event with skits and entertaining music. From the outset, Pence adopted a sarcastic tone. “I will wholeheartedly and unreservedly support the Republican nominee for president in 2024 – if that’s me,” he said.
Pence’s harsh statements directed at Trump were not expected at the ceremony.
“I attended the dinner and I can confirm that Mike Pence surprised the audience… many looked stunned,” wrote the former US State Department official, Miriam Mujica, in a tweet on Twitter.