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Storming the Capitol: Former Vice President Mike Pence accuses Donald Trump of “jeopardizing”

Another blow to Donald Trump. Former US Vice President Mike Pence, who was trapped in the Capitol during an attack on Trump supporters in January 2021, accused the billionaire of endangering his life and the lives of his family, according to an excerpt from a published television interview. on Sunday.

“The words of the president that day during the rally endangered my life, the lives of my family and all those who were in the Capitol building,” condemned Mike Pence in an excerpt broadcast by the American channel ABC. The Republican official was likely referring to the Donald Trump rally that preceded the attack by his supporters on Congressional headquarters, during which he baselessly claimed that the election had been stolen from him.

A speech judged as one of the triggers for the Jan. 6 attack on the US Houses of Parliament by thousands of pro-Trump activists to block an election victory. During the attack, Mike Pence, who was on Capitol Hill watching the 2020 election results get approved, had to hide from the rioters, as did many lawmakers on both sides. The attack killed five people, including a police officer.

“irresponsible” words

Donald Trump then long refused to urge his supporters to leave the building and even reproached his vice president on Twitter that he “did not have the courage to do what had to be done”, blocking, in his words, certification, inciting protesters’ discontent. “That pissed me off,” Mike Pence said when asked about the tweet. “The president’s words were irresponsible and his actions were irresponsible,” he continued.

Potential next presidential candidate Mike Pence will release his memoir on Tuesday, in which he talks, among other things, about the pressure he had to endure to cancel the results of the 2020 presidential election, the same day that Donald Trump could announce his candidacy to the presidency. 2024. But according to many observers of American politics, the billionaire came out weakened after the US midterm elections, which allowed Democrats to retain control of the Senate. Long devoted to his cause, the American media, controlled by the Australian tycoon Rupert Murdoch (Wall Street Journal, NY Post, Fox News, etc.), even allowed themselves to criticize the ex-president. Finally, the growing popularity of his Republican rival, Florida Senator Ron DeSantis, could thwart Donald Trump’s re-election plans.

Source: Le Parisien

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