There have been no shortage of rumors regarding who is and isn’t going to run for the White House in 2024, with former President and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump making sure to spend plenty of time nay-saying anyone who appears to be even considering it.
This will surely include his former Vice President, Mike Pence, who has been making plenty of vague and forward-looking statements on the subject.
And, while he’s at it, Pence is taking a few shots at his former boss as well.
Former Vice President Mike Pence said in an exclusive interview with ABC’s “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir that former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric was “reckless” as a mob of his supporters ransacked the Capitol last year — with Pence and others temporarily forced into hiding.
Pence was rather incensed.
“I mean, the president’s words were reckless. It was clear he decided to be part of the problem,” Pence told Muir.
Pence said he was “angered” over a tweet from Trump as the insurrection unfolded, when the former president said he “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done” after he rebuffed pressure to not certify now-President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory.
“I turned to my daughter, who was standing nearby, and I said, ‘It doesn’t take courage to break the law. It takes courage to uphold the law,'” Pence, who is releasing the memoir “So Help Me God” on Tuesday, told Muir in his first network TV interview since the insurrection.
The Indiana lawmaker then went for the jugular.
“The president’s words were reckless and his actions were reckless,” he told Muir this week. “The president’s words that day at the rally [before the riot] endangered me and my family and everyone at the Capitol building.”
Pence has been critical of Donald Trump and his actions on January 6th in prior appearances, but this is most certainly his strongest language yet.