Pence Says Trump Crossed A Red Line

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( – On Sunday, former Vice President Mike Pence during an appearance on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” argued that it was “unacceptable” for former President Donald Trump to be calling those convicted of crimes relating to the Capitol attack “hostages.” 

As he noted he believed that this reference was unfortunate especially as in Gaza there were American hostages, which is why it is unfortunate to have any leader refer to people who were moving through the justice system as “hostages.” He proceeded to say that this was unacceptable. 

During his remarks, Pence also pointed out how important what had occurred on Jan. 6, 2021, had been. As the mob of Trump supporters had forced their way into the U.S. Capitol, Pence had been one of the primary people they were targeting with many in the mob chanting “Hang Mike Pence.” 

Pence told CBS moderator Margaret Brennan that he had been present during the attack and that he undoubtedly believed that there were some people who had just gotten caught up in the movement. However, he pointed out that the assault on police officers resulted in a number of people losing their lives on that day which is something that he would never diminish. 

These latest comments come only a couple of days after Pence announced that he would not be endorsing Trump in the 2024 presidential race. As he argued, his presidential campaign had shown that he and Trump did not agree on a number of issues despite the fact that in 2016 and 2020 they had run together for the White House. 

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