It’s common sense: Donald Trump defends ‘hang Mike Pence’ chant during Jan 6 riots
Former US President Donald Trump lost the presidential election to Joe Biden last year
After losing the polls, Trump claimed that the elections had been rigged
Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 to protest the election results
Donald Trump, the former US president whose supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6 this year, said that the chants of “hang Mike Pence” by his supporters was understandable because they were angry that the election hadn’t been overturned. Trump’s comments came to light after the audio of an interview with the former president was released on Friday.
The interview from which the comments made the news were from journalist Jonathan Karl’s upcoming book, “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show”. The excerpt was reported by NBC News.
As per the recording, Donald Trump was asked if he was worried about his deputy Vice President Mike Pence when the Capitol was attacked by Trump supporters. To this Donald Trump replied, “I thought he was well-protected, and I had heard that he was in good shape.”
At this point, journalist Jonathan Karl reiterated for the then-president that the rioters were calling for Mike Pence to be killed, “they said, ‘hang Mike Pence’, he said.” To that, Donald Trump said, “It’s common sense, Jon. It’s common sense that you’re supposed to protect. How can you, if you know a vote is fraudulent, right, how can you pass a fraudulent vote to Congress?”
Republican President Donald Trump lost the US presidential elections to Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden last year. Following his defeat, Trump refused to accept the results of the poll, claiming that the election had been stolen. However, after a year since making the claims, Trump has not managed to provide any evidence for his allegations.
The subject about Vice President Mike Pence arose because according to the US Constitution, Pence, who is the president of the Senate, was required to oversee the opening of the envelopes of certified electoral voters from all 50 states and Washington DC.
While this process was underway, Donald Trump was addressing his supporters near the White House where he said, “I hope Mike is going to the right thing. If Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election.”