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Trump: ‘Hang Mike Pence’ Chants Were Just People Using ‘Common Sense’

“Well, the people were very angry,” the former president said of the mob’s insistence that they wanted to kill his vice president

TOPSHOT - A noose is seen on makeshift gallows as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather on the West side of the US Capitol in Washington DC on January 6, 2021. - Donald Trump's supporters stormed a session of Congress held today, January 6, to certify Joe Biden's election win, triggering unprecedented chaos and violence at the heart of American democracy and accusations the president was attempting a coup. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

A noose is seen on makeshift gallows as supporters of then-President Trump gather on the West side of the Capitol, in Washington D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021.

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Donald Trump has long defended his supporters who broke into the Capitol on Jan. 6. He took it a step further in new interview audio published Friday morning by Axios, defending those among them who were chanting for Mike Pence to be hanged.

“Well, the people were very angry,” he told Jonathan Karl, whose new book Betrayal chronicles the final days of the Trump’s time in office. “Because it’s common sense that you’re supposed to protect … If you know a vote if fraudulent, how can you pass along a fraudulent vote to Congress?

Pence of course did not know the election was fraudulent, probably because no evidence had or has emerged indicating any resembling significant fraud occurred. Reality is an afterthought, though. Trump wanted Pence to somehow stop the certification of the election results, and Pence betrayed Trump by failing to find a way to overturn democracy.

“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!” Trump tweeted on the afternoon of the riot.

His supporters weren’t fans, either, with many of them breaking into the “Hang Mike Pence!” They even set up a gallows.

Trump reportedly didn’t call Pence on Jan. 6 or in the days following Jan. 6 to ensure he was safe. Karl previously reported that Pence was “holed up” in a basement for hours during the attack.

In This Article: Donald Trump, Jan. 6, Mike Pence


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