Mike Pence finally took off the gloves, attacking Trump at the annual Gridiron Club Dinner, in Washington, last Saturday night. This was also a reaction to the BS that Tucker Carlson spewed last week during Carlson’s 8 pm prime time entertainment hour.
Regarding Trump trying to force Pence to overturn the certification vote, Pence stated,
“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.”
In a nod to Carlson’s entertainment show,
“Tourists don’t injure 140 police officers by sightseeing. Tourists don’t break down doors to get to the Speaker of the House or voice threats against public officials.”
“The American people have a right to know what took place at the Capitol on January 6, and I expect members of the fourth estate to continue to do their job.”
Sure. This is all fine and dandy. It took Pence two years after the insurrection for him to make such strong statements. As one commentator noted, Pence said that it will be history that will hold Trump accountable. What he should have said is that the Justice system would hold Trump accountable. Pence chose not to do this. Pence is still fighting a federal grand jury Subpoena to testify about the events of January 6. If anyone would have the most first hand knowledge of Trump’s mindset prior to and on the day of January 6, it would be Pence. Yet he continues to fight to Subpoena.
Pence is doing the happy dance. He wants to be a serious contender for President, yet he does want to alienate the Trumpkin base too much. A losing proposition.