“Hang up Mike Pence!” shouted members of the crowd as he stormed the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021 to prevent the confirmation of Joe Biden’s election victory — goaded by Donald Trump. His Vice President Mike Pence oversaw the electoral college vote count. He had to be brought to safety quickly. The subcommittee on the storming of the US parliament has now revealed the seriousness of the threat from violent Trump fans.
A court file, shown during the third January 6 U-Committee hearing on Thursday, now reveals the shocking magnitude of the threat Pence faced during the attack. On January 6, 2021, members of the far-right group ‘Proud Boys’ were only 40 feet from Vice President Mike Pence. They were willing to kill him because he wanted to officially confirm Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
‘Would have killed Pence if they had the chance’
The document, according to California Democratic Rep. Pete Aguilar, “explains that a confidential Proud Boy informant told the FBI that the Proud Boys would have killed Mike Pence if given the chance.” The witness said loudly. said that “anyone who could get their hands on them would be killed, including Nancy Pelosi” – the Democratic Speaker of the House.
One supporter of Trump’s bid to annul the 2020 election even recorded a blatant threat on his cell phone. If Pence gives in, he and other politicians will “be dragged through the streets,” he said. In the eyes of Trump and his fanatical supporters, Mike Pence really gave in. He refused to stop confirming Joe Biden’s win. Bennie Thompson, the committee chair, said: “Mike Pence’s bravery put him in grave danger. When Mike Pence made it clear that he did not agree with Donald Trump’s plan, Donald Trump turned the crowd against him.”
Trump set up crowds with tweets
The committee released a tweet Trump made at a time when he knew the Capitol had been stormed and Pence had been forced out of the Senate chamber. Trump wrote, “Mike Pence did not have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution, which is to give states a chance to confirm a corrected set of facts rather than the fraudulent or inaccurate facts, that you have previously been asked for confirmation. The US demands the truth!”
Democrat Aguilar read more tweets from Trump claiming that Pence has the power to oppose the election results. Witnesses, including Ivanka Trump, said Trump called Pence. Nick Luna, Trump’s former bodyguard, said, “I remember hearing the word ‘sissy.'” After Pence publicly refused to stop the count in a written statement, the crowd grew angry, the MP on the U committee described the events. “The president’s words had an impact,” Aguilar said. A gallows was erected in front of the Capitol, and some rioters chanted “Hang Mike Pence!”.
‘The life of the vice president was in danger’
A few minutes later, Pence had to be brought to safety. He spent four and a half hours in an underground parking garage with members of his team. The crowd was within about 40 feet of him. “That’s all there was,” Democrat Aguilar explained to the U-Committee, “40 feet between the vice president and the mafia. Make no mistake, the vice president’s life was in danger.”
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