Former Vice President Mike Pence doesn’t think he and former President Donald Trump will ever agree on the reality of the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“As I said that day, Jan. 6 was a dark day in history of the United States Capitol. But thanks to the swift action of the Capitol Police and federal law enforcement, violence was quelled. The Capitol was secured,” Pence said Thursday during a speech to the Hillsborough County Republican Committee in Manchester, New Hampshire, according to The Associated Press.
- “You know, President Trump and I have spoken many times since we left office. And I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day,” Pence said, according to New Hampshire’s WMUR 9.
- “But I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years, Pence added.
- “My fellow Republicans, for our country, for our future, for our children and our grandchildren, we must move forward, united,” the former vice president told the New England Republicans, the AP reported.
Capitol rioters wanted to find Pence
Pence was a target of the Capitol rioters as supporters of the former president — at Trump’s behest — marched to Congress and temporarily interrupted the confirmation of the 2020 presidential election.
- At Trump’s second impeachment trial in February — after House Democrats voted to impeach the former Republican president for “incitement of insurrection” — House impeachment mangers showed a picture of gallows that’d been erected outside the Capitol on Jan. 6 while Trump’s supporters chanted “Hang Mike Pence,” the Deseret News reported.
- Rep. Stacy Plaskett, D-Virgin Islands, told senators “the mob was looking for Vice President Pence because of his patriotism,” because Pence had “refused to overturn the election results,” according to the Deseret News.
- After breaking into the Capitol, rioters roamed the halls chanting “Hang Mike Pence” and “Bring Out Pence,” PBS reported.
New Hampshire, the early battleground state
New Hampshire is considered an early battleground state for presidential campaigns because it hosts one of the nation’s first primaries and some voting stations open just after midnight on Election Day. New Hampshire voters essentially cast the first votes in an American presidential election.
- The small New England state is considered “purple” in American politics, and currently has a Republican governor (Chris Sununu) and a congressional delegation to Washington made up of entirely of Democrats.
- Although Pence hasn’t announced his much-speculated candidacy, New Hampshire can be an early stop of presidential hopefuls.