According to a new interview released on Friday, former President Donald Trump was asked about his supporters’ chants to hang former Vice President Mike Pence. The crowd on January 6 was frustrated by the fact that Pence had not stepped in to stop the election certification process.
When asked in an interview with an ABC reporter about the January 6 crowd’s chants of “Hang Mike Pence,” Trump noted that they “were very angry.”
The interviewer, Jonathan Karl, said he also reiterated his claim of voter fraud during their conversation. “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?” Trump questioned.
Pence has previously said he was proud of the role he played in certifying the election results that day. He, along with Trump, have both been tagged as potential candidates for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
When asked if he was worried about Pence’s safety following the chants, Trump said: “No. I thought he was well-protected, and I had heard that he was in good shape.” Karl conducted the interview for his new book, “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show,” which is set to be published on Tuesday.
A House committee is investigating the events of January 6 as well as Trump’s potential role in them. The panel formally requested records and testimony from 16 former White House officials, Trump campaign staffers, and others who have close connections with the former president.
Steve Bannon, former adviser to Trump, was just indicted on Friday for failing to provide important documents and testimony related to the day.
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