Donald Trump denies calling Mike Pence ‘wimp’ before Capitol riot

Donald Trump denies calling Mike Pence ‘wimp’ before Capitol riot

Former President Donald Trump on Friday denied calling then-Vice President Mike Pence “a wimp” for refusing to reject Electoral Faculty votes — however mentioned he informed Pence as a substitute that “you’re no Thomas Jefferson.”

Trump known as Pence “a wimp” on the day of final yr’s Capitol riot, former Trump aide Nick Luna informed the Home choose committee investigating the riot, the panel revealed Thursday.

The ex-president didn’t reply to a separate allegation from Julie Radford, a former aide to first daughter Ivanka Trump, who mentioned Trump known as Pence the “p-word.”

“I by no means known as Mike Pence a wimp,” Trump insisted in a speech to non secular conservatives on the Religion and Freedom Coalition convention in Nashville, Tenn.

“Mike Pence had an opportunity to be nice,” Trump mentioned. ”He had an opportunity to be, frankly, historic. However similar to [former Attorney General] Invoice Barr and the remainder of these weak folks, Mike — and I say it sadly as a result of I like him — however Mike didn’t have the braveness to behave.”

Trump mentioned that he sought to sway Pence to ship electors again to swing state legislatures by likening the deed to founding father and then-vice president Thomas Jefferson’s actions within the 1800 election.

Former President Trump fired again on the Home committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, arguing he by no means known as Mike Pence “a wimp.”AP Picture/Mark Humphrey

“I mentioned to Mike, if you happen to do that you will be Thomas Jefferson. After which after all of it went down, I checked out him in the future and I mentioned, ‘Mike, hate to say this, however you’re no Thomas Jefferson,’” Trump mentioned.

Trump slammed Pence for saying he had no proper to reject state-certified electors.

“Mike was afraid of no matter he was afraid of. However as you heard a yr and a half in the past, Mike Pence had completely no selection however to be a human conveyor belt — he was a human conveyor belt, even when the votes have been fraudulent,” Trump mentioned.

Trump admitted he informed then Vice President Pence, “you’re no Thomas Jefferson.”AP Picture/Mark Humphrey

The previous president, who misplaced by slim margins in Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, mentioned that if Pence tried to reject electors, “I’m unsure — perhaps the state legislatures wouldn’t have acted. However I believe they’d have.”

Trump additionally slammed the Home choose committee, which held a primetime listening to final Thursday and two daytime hearings this week, calling it a “one-sided witch hunt.”

Trump mentioned that the committee is incorrect to make use of the phrase “rebel” to explain the riot, wherein a mob of his supporters fought cops for hours and broke into the Capitol to halt certification of President-elect Biden’s victory.

Former Trump aide Nick Luna testified that the previous president berated Pence as “a wimp” throughout a heated cellphone name earlier than the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

Footage launched by the Home Choose Committee exhibits then Vice President Pence making a cellphone name from a safe evacuation location throughout the Capitol riot.Home Choose Committee by way of AP

Trump mentioned it truly was “a easy protest that received out of hand.”

“If it have been an rebel that passed off on the Capitol, you’d have recognized it very quickly,” Trump mentioned. “These have been sturdy folks. These are nice patriots. They have been policemen, they have been firemen, there have been troopers, they have been sailors.”

Trump attacked by identify a number of members of the riot probe committee — calling Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) “Shifty Schiff” and “Watermelon Head,” describing Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as a “warmonger” and mocking Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-In poor health.) as a “crier” who has a “psychological dysfunction.”

Footage launched by the Home Choose Committee exhibits then Vice President Pence studying then President Trump’s tweets throughout the Capitol riot.Home Choose Committee by way of AP

Footage launched by the Home Choose Committee exhibits former Vice President Pence being evacuated from the second flooring of the Capitol constructing on Jan. 6, 2021.Home Choose Committee by way of AP

Forward of the Capitol riot, Trump addressed hundreds of supporters close to the White Home and urged them to march on the Capitol to encourage Republican members of Congress and Pence to reject Biden electors. He informed the group to “struggle like hell” but additionally to go “peacefully and patriotically.”

Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt, 36, was fatally shot by a police officer whereas trying to climb by means of a busted-out window into the Home Speaker’s Foyer. Three different Trump supporters died of medical emergencies throughout the riot and US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, 42, himself a Trump supporter, died of a stroke later after combating off the rioters. 4 cops and at the very least two accused rioters later died by suicide.

Former President Trump was accused of not checking in on then Vice President Mike Pence’s security throughout the Jan. 6 Capitol siege.Home Choose Committee by way of AP

The Justice Division has criminally charged greater than 800 folks on a variety of fees for collaborating within the mayhem. Some rioters beat cops, ransacked workplaces, stole authorities property — together with Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern — and used hearth extinguishers scattered all through the historic constructing to spray or bludgeon authorities.

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