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August 2, 2021
Former Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday night that he doesn’t believe he and former President Donald Trump will ever see “eye to eye” over the Jan. 6 riot.
In a speech to a Republican group in New Hampshire, Pence called Jan. 6 “a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol, but thanks to the swift action of the Capitol Police and federal law enforcement, violence was quelled, the Capitol was secured and that same day, we reconvened the Congress and did our duty under the Constitution and the laws of the United States.” Pence was at the Capitol that day to oversee the counting of electoral votes, a routine task. Pence and many lawmakers were forced to evacuate when the riot started. One rioter held a sign that read “Hang Mike Pence.”
“President Trump and I have spoken many times since we’ve left office, and I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day,” Pence said, “but I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years. And I will not allow Democrats or their allies in the media to use one tragic day to discredit the aspirations of millions of Americans, or allow Democrats or their allies in the media to distract our attention from a new administration intent on dividing our country to advance their radical agenda,” Pence continued.
“My fellow, Republicans, for our country, for our future, for our children and our grandchildren, we must move forward, united.” Prior to this speech, Mike Pence had avoided talking about the riots. The House last month approved legislation to form a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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