Charlotte Pence Bond (pictured) congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris just after her father certified the Democrats’ Electoral College victory
Mike Pence’s daughter Charlotte Pence Bond congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris just after her father certified the Democrats’ Electoral College victory early Thursday morning.
Charlotte, 27, is the outgoing vice president’s middle child, between his son Michael and second daughter Audrey.
Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, she tweeted with an American flag after Congress officially confirmed her father’s time as vice president was over.
Pence oversaw the certification process and angered Trump for refusing to agree with the president’s false claims that he had the power to undo the election results on his own.
The proceedings ran into chaos when a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, with dozens breaking into the building themselves to loot and protest.
Charlotte revealed that she witnessed the anarchy in a second tweet on Thursday, condemning the mob’s actions and defending Capitol police for failing to block it.
Charlotte, 27, showed in her tweet on Thursday morning that there is no harm between the incoming administration and the outgoing Second Family
In a second tweet, Charlotte revealed she witnessed the anarchy that erupted on Capitol Hill on Wednesday when her father oversaw election certification.
Charlotte (second right) is the vice president’s eldest daughter and wife Karen (pictured with their youngest daughter Audrey at Air Force Two in 2017)
Anyone who blames the Capitol Hill police for the domestic terrorism that occurred yesterday should seriously reconsider their position. I was there. The people on the line are our heroes, ”she wrote.
Capitol police were increasingly criticized for their handling of the situation, leading to the deaths of four people, including a woman who was shot by an officer.
Capitol Police Chief Steve Sund resigned Thursday night after Nancy Pelosi and the union representing his officers called for him to resign.
Defense and police officials cited by The Wall Street Journal said it was a deliberate step not to put heavily armed agents or troops on the street because they did not want to stir up tensions between protesters and counter-protesters.
The sources said police were trying to avoid the tensions seen over the summer – when BLM protesters clashed with police in cities across the country.
The pro-Trump insurgents stormed the Capitol and broke through the Senate room where Pence was sitting a few minutes earlier
Protesters on Wednesday used flagpoles to break windows around the Capitol
Shortly before 2 p.m., the rioters descended on Capitol Hill while lawmakers were in to certify the vote. Over the next two hours, the violence escalated. Some broke into politicians’ offices, sat at their desks mockingly, and left behind threats. One of the protesters was shot by the police (bottom right)
But the strategy failed seriously on Wednesday.
Videos have appeared showing some agents helping some of the rioters down the steps of the Capitol, standing aside as the crowd rushed past and even running up the stairs in fear of them.
Those images contrast sharply with the clandestine police response during the summer’s BLM protests. Only 80 people have been arrested, and the police are seeking public help to identify dozens of others. In June, 289 people were arrested during a single night of BLM protests.
Pence and other lawmakers were brought to safety when protesters stormed the Rotunda around 3 p.m., with some chanting, “Where’s Pence?”
The vice president was quick to denounce the crowd, posting photos on Twitter thanking police officers on duty.
Pence was quick to denounce the crowd while he was brought to safety
Pence spent all Wednesday on Capitol Hill, tweeting his thanks to officers
On Thursday, Charlotte retweeted a message in which former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich praised her father’s response to the unrest.
“Vice President Pence was a brave profile yesterday,” Gingrich wrote.
He understood that his oath to the Constitution was not sworn to any party, policy, or person; he did what he believed was right and he did it under enormous pressure.
“Whether you agreed with his actions, his courage deserves credit.”
Charlotte (left) joined her father onstage at the 2016 Republican National Convention