Former Vice President Mike Pence made his most blistering comments yet about former President Donald Trump’s role in the January 6th attack on the US Capitol during remarks Saturday evening at the annual Gridiron Club Dinner in Washington, DC. Pence rebuked Trump for his role in the January 6, 2021 attack, saying he was “wrong” for claiming Pence had the authority to overturn the results of the 2020 election in his role presiding over Congress that day, saying “history will hold Donald Trump accountable.”
“President Trump was wrong. I had no right to overturn the election and his reckless words endangered my family and everyone at the Capitol that day, and I know that history will hold Donald Trump accountable,” Pence said. “Tourists don’t injure 140 police officers by sightseeing,” Pence said. “Tourists don’t break down doors to get to the Speaker of the House or voice threats against public officials. Make no mistake about it, what happened that day was a disgrace, and it mocks decency to portray it in any other way,” Pence said.
The Associated Press reports:
He took another shot at Trump over classified documents. “I read that some of those classified documents they found at Mar-a-Lago were actually stuck in the president’s Bible,” Pence said. “Which proves he had absolutely no idea they were there.”
Even before the dinner was over, Pence was facing criticism for his jokes about Transportation Secretary Buttigieg, the first openly gay Cabinet member in U.S. history.
Pence mentioned that, despite travel problems that were plaguing Americans, Buttigieg took “maternity leave” after he and his husband adopted newborn twins. “Pete is the only person in human history to have a child and everyone else gets post-partum depression,” Pence said.
@Mike_Pence wants my respect? Do a press conf. and tell the American people what you know. You are A material witness who have incriminating evidence about j6 before, during, and after, yet you refuses to cooperate or comply with subpoenas. https://t.co/9jOIrUoemZ
— Staff Sergeant Gonell, Aquilino (@SergeantAqGo) March 12, 2023
Source familiar tells me @Mike_Pence made homophobic comments about @PeteButtigieg at the Gridiron Dinner tonight: Said the Secretary “took maternity leave,” then adding the country “got postpartum depression,” referencing airline problems
— Christopher Kane (@Chris_Kane_) March 12, 2023
Mike Pence now says Trump should be held accountable for Jan. 6th, but balances this brief moment of honesty by making vicious homophobic slurs against Pete Buttigieg. Because it’s what his evangelical base demands – pure hate
— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) March 12, 2023