The former Vice President discussed the events of January 6, 2021 and his life as Donald Trump's second-in-command
Soledad CedroFrom Miami, Florida, United States
Former Vice President Mike Pence tells details of the Capitol takeover in an explosive interview (REUTERS/Leah Millis)
In an unusual interview given to journalist David Muir, from ABC, the former Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, gave his opinion of what happened during the takeover of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, the date on which his political break with his former boss, Donald Trump, materialized.
“He put me, my family and everyone inside the Capitol at risk,” Pence is heard saying in a preview of the interview posted Sunday night. The rest of the conversation will be seen tonight.
Once the November 2020 election had passed, on January 6, 2021 it was time to make Joe Biden's victory official. In what is traditionally a formality, both houses of Congress must legitimize the votes counted across the nation and make the selection of a new president permanent. But for then-President Trump and many of his followers, that day became their last chance to ignore the electoral results -of which many still disagree-, and Mike Pence was his strong figure for this to happen, since as vice president it was the president of the Senate and the one who could not recognize the votes. But Pence didn't, turning from ally to Trump's number one public enemy.
“Mike Pence does not have the courage to do what is necessary to protect the country and the constitution,” Trump wrote on Twitter as a mob tried to take over the Capitol.
Muir consulted Pence about that tweet and the former vice president recounted the context in which he read it.
The interview is being given as part of the promotion for Pence's new book
“I was very angry reading that. But I turned around and told my daughter, who was standing next to me, that it doesn't take courage to break the law, it takes courage to do the right thing within the law,” Pence said. /p>
The former vice president added that “the president's words were fearful. It is clear that he chose to be part of the problem and not the solution.”
The interview is being given as part of the promotion of Pence's new book, God Help Me, a memoir of his days in the White House with Trump. But many are interpreting it as Pence's campaign launch.
For months there has been speculation that the former vice president will seek to be the Republican presidential nominee for 2024. Although he has never confirmed it, his actions indicate that this is what Pence would have in mind.