Former vice president Mike Pence appears to be setting the groundwork for a bid for the White House in 2024. He recently hit a presidential early voting state Thursday, June 3, headlining the Hillsborough County Republican Committee’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner in New Hampshire.
During his fiery speech, the usual staunch supporter of his friend and ally, former president Donald Trump, spoke out about his former boss, setting a clear distinction between the two when it comes to their viewpoint on the deadly riot that rocked D.C. on January 6.
“January 6 was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol,” Pence told the adoring crowd, according to NBC News. “But thanks to the swift action of the Capitol Police and federal law enforcement, violence was quelled, the Capitol was secured.”
Pence then told the crowd that he and Trump “have spoken many times since [they] left office.” However, he surprised everyone when he said, “I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day,” setting a clear distinction between him and Trump, who has continuously downplayed the events of that scary day in our nation’s capital.
D.C. — and arguably the entire U.S. — descended into chaos on January 6 when a swarm of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, leaving five dead, many injured and a country on the brink of revolt.
Pence was in the Capitol when the rioters pushed through the barriers and attacked police officers in an attempt to stop the counting of the electoral votes that confirmed Joe Biden as president.
Following the deadly riots, Trump was impeached — the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
On Wednesday, January 13, the House voted 232 to 197 to charge Trump with “inciting violence against the government of the United States.” They also requested that he be removed from office right away and wanted him to be disqualified from ever holding office again.
Ten Republicans sided with Democrats and voted to impeach Trump, including Liz Cheney, Jaime Herrera Beutler, John Katko, Fred Upton and more.