EX-US President Donald Trump has again publicly attacked then-Vice President Mike Pence. “Mike didn’t have the courage to act,” Trump said at an event hosted by an ultra-conservative religious organization in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday. Pence had a chance to be “historic” on January 6, 2021. “But Mike was afraid, no matter what he was.”
New details about the chaotic hours of the day were revealed at a public meeting of the committee investigating the US Capitol on Thursday. In his speech, Trump again condemned the committee and its members. He is a “kidnapper”. “Each of them is a left-wing hatter who hates you all,” Trump told his audience.
Trump’s supporters then broke into the seat of parliament in Washington. Congress met there to formally confirm the election victory of Trump’s Democratic challenger, Joe Biden. The violent crowd wanted to prevent it. At the time, Pence chaired a congressional meeting in his role as vice president – a legally purely ceremonial task. Trump had previously openly called on his deputy to block the procedure – to help him win the election.
Shortly before the attack on the Capitol, Trump rebuked his supporters at the rally that his election victory had been stolen. During the speech, there was “incredible love and patriotism in the air,” Trump said. Only a small percentage then went to the Capitol. And “many of them did nothing wrong”. The attack killed several people and injured dozens. Trump’s supporters were then looking for Pence in the building, whom they accused of traitoring and threatening to hang.