Former US Vice President Mike Pence has made more blistering comments yet about his former boss US President Donald Trump’s role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
He said this during remarks on Saturday evening, March 11 at the annual Gridiron Club Dinner in Washington, DC.
Pence made jokes about notable Washington figures, with lighthearted comments about President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and several Republicans expected to run for president in 2024, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Pence then took a serious tone when it came to Trump, rebuking Trump for his role in the January 6, 2021 attack.
Pence said the attack on the Capitol was ‘one thing I haven’t joked about’ and calling January 6 ‘a tragic day.’
‘President Trump was wrong. I had no right to overturn the election and his reckless words endangered my family and everyone at the Capitol that day, and I know that history will hold Donald Trump accountable,’ Pence said.
Pence scolded those who have downplayed the people that entered the Capitol on January 6 as tourists.
‘Tourists don’t injure 140 police officers by sightseeing,’ Pence said.
‘Tourists don’t break down doors to get to the Speaker of the House or voice threats against public officials.’
Pence chastised Republicans who minimized the insurrection.
His rebuke comes days after Fox News host Tucker Carlson aired new security footage from inside the Capitol on January 6 in an attempt to defend the mob.
‘Make no mistake about it, what happened that day was a disgrace, and it mocks decency to portray it in any other way,’ Pence said at the dinner.
Pence also said people ‘have a right to know what took place’ during the insurrection, days after he asked a judge to block a subpoena for his testimony to the special counsel investigating the insurrection.
‘The American people have a right to know what took place at the Capitol on January 6, and I expect members of the fourth estate to continue to do their job,’ Pence said at the dinner.
During his remarks, Pence repeatedly praised the media’s coverage of the January 6 attack at the dinner, which traditionally includes members of the Washington press corps among its attendees, and said he was able to carry out his role in certifying the election ‘in part’ because of the media’s real-time coverage of the insurrection.
‘We were able to stay at our post, in part, because you stayed at your post. The American people know what happened that day because you never stopped reporting,’ Pence said.
‘For what you do to preserve and strengthen this great democracy, you have my heartfelt thanks and I know the thanks of a grateful nation. Thanks for what you do to preserve freedom,’ Pence continued.
‘For as long as I live I will never, ever diminish the injuries sustained, the lives lost, or the heroism of law enforcement on that tragic day,’ Pence said.