Supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed and invaded the Capitol on Wednesday reportedly intended to find and execute Vice President Mike Pence.
Reuters News Pictures Editor Jim Bourg revealed in a Twitter post that he heard “at least 3 different rioters at the Capitol say they hoped to find Vice President Mike Pence and execute him by hanging him from a Capitol Hill tree as a traitor.”
“It was a common line being repeated,” he added. “Many more were just talking about how the VP should be executed.” A Twitter user later responded to the report, sharing a video of rioters chanting, “Hang Mike Pence!”
I heard at least 3 different rioters at the Capitol say that they hoped to find Vice President Mike Pence and execute him by hanging him from a Capitol Hill tree as a traitor. It was a common line being repeated. Many more were just talking about how the VP should be executed. https://t.co/fxHREouEWF
— Jim Bourg (@jimbourg) January 8, 2021
Thank God they didn’t get to him in the Capitol building. Perhaps there are consequences when the President of the United States lies to millions of his supporters telling them the Vice President has the unilateral ability to overturn the result and ensure a second term of Trump. https://t.co/lAWqN1RDgS
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) January 8, 2021
They even came up with a catchy protest chant… pic.twitter.com/ztBDFYv5Qk
— Bobby Hill (@BobbyHillsGlare) January 8, 2021
— BevMarie (@evenbev) January 7, 2021
They set up a hanging gallows. They had zip ties, body armor, guns, pipe bombs, and knives.
This wasn’t a protest. It was an attempted murder mob. pic.twitter.com/I9XFx8WRzT
— Arlen Parsa (@arlenparsa) January 7, 2021