Pence targets Trump, says 'Trump was wrong' on Jan. 6

March 13, 2023
Robert Ayers

Former Vice President Mike Pence took aim at former President Donald Trump over the weekend, Fox News reports

Pence did so at a white-tie Gridiron Dinner that he attended in Washington on Saturday. Besides Pence, the event was attended by politicians and journalists.

Pence, at the dinner, specifically took aim at Trump regarding the events of Jan. 6, 2021, the day of the Capitol protest. It was also the day that Congress met - with Pence presiding - to certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Trump, the reader may remember, urged Pence to take action against what Trump considered to be an unfair election.

Pence, at the time, decided not to do so, which has led to much friction between Pence and Trump.

"President Trump was wrong"

Based on Pence's latest comments, it's clear that he still holds some resentment toward Trump over the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

According to the Associate Press, Pence, at the Gridiron Dinner, came right out and said, "President Trump was wrong," about what Pence's official capacity on Jan. 6, 2021, allowed him to do.

"I had no right to overturn the election," Pence insisted.

The former vice president went on to say that Trump's "reckless words endangered my family and everyone at the Capitol that day."

"I know history will hold Donald Trump accountable," Pence added.

Trump v. Pence

At the time of this writing, Trump has not responded to Pence's latest remark, which, according to Fox, was Pence's "most forceful condemnation of his former boss yet." Indeed, Pence, until now, has largely remained silent on the matter.

Many believe, particularly with statements like these, that Pence is attempting to position himself for a run at the U.S. presidency in 2024. Also fueling this speculation is the fact that Pence has made numerous stops in key states as if he is already campaigning.

Pence, though, has not made any official announcements with regard to 2024. He merely has indicated that he is considering whether or not to run.

If Pence does choose to run, he is going to be part of a stacked Republican field. And, most polling indicates that Trump sits atop that field. In fact, the polling indicates that Trump's only real competition in the 2024 Republican presidential primary would be Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

Accordingly, it is hard to see Pence having any success, and taking shots at Trump, as he did on Saturday, isn't going to help his cause.

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