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Mike Pence’s new book details split with Donald Trump


Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence blames Donald Trump for endangering his household “and all these serving on the Capitol” on Jan. 6 in a new memoir launched Tuesday.

In “So Help Me God,” Pence recounts, for the primary time in his personal phrases, the Republican former president’s extraordinary effort to push him to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election and shares his account of the day 1000’s of rioters stormed the Capitol, with some chanting “Hang Mike Pence.”

“They had come to protest the results of the election and to stop Congress from fulfilling its accountability to open and depend the Electoral College votes,” Pence writes. “And, as I later discovered, many had come on the lookout for me.”

The book, which traces Pence’s life in politics — from serving as youth coordinator for a neighborhood Democratic Party to watching then-Vice President Al Gore certify his election loss days after Pence had been sworn in as a member of Congress — largely defends Trump, glossing over and whitewashing a lot of his most contentious episodes. “I had all the time been loyal to President Donald Trump,” the book begins.

But Pence, who spent years refusing to publicly criticize his previous boss, makes clear that Jan. 6, 2021, was a breaking level by which, he writes, Trump’s “reckless phrases had endangered my household and all these serving on the Capitol.”

“For 4 years, we had an in depth working relationship. It didn’t finish effectively,” Pence writes, summing up their time within the White House. Still, he provides, “we parted amicably when our service to the nation drew to an in depth. In the months that adopted, we spoke occasionally, however when the president returned to the rhetoric that he was utilizing earlier than that tragic day and commenced to publicly criticize these of us who defended the Constitution, I made a decision it might be greatest to go our separate methods.”

The book, revealed by Simon & Schuster, comes as Pence seems more and more more likely to run for president in 2024, a transfer that will put him in direct battle with Trump, who is anticipated to formally launch his personal reelection marketing campaign in Florida on Tuesday evening.

Pence, who within the book by no means straight states that Democrat Joe Biden received pretty, writes that when Trump first instructed holding a rally in Washington on Jan. 6, the day Pence was set to preside over the election’s certification, he thought it was a good suggestion. “My first thought was {that a} rally that day may be helpful as a strategy to name much more consideration to the proceedings on the ground of the House and Senate,” he writes.

Instead, Pence describes sitting within the Senate chamber and presiding over the certification when the Senate parliamentarian leaned over to tell him that rioters had breached the constructing and a member of his Secret Service element speeding over to insist they go away. Pence refused to vacate the constructing and was as an alternative ushered to a Senate loading dock, the place he spent hours, surrounded by employees and members of the family, making calls to army and congressional leaders to coordinate the federal government’s response, because the president — who by no means bothered to verify in on Pence’s security — sat cloistered, watching TV.

“All round was a blur of movement and chaos: safety and law enforcement officials directing folks to security, staffers shouting and operating for shelter. I might see the depth within the eyes of the Secret Service element; it was audible, too, within the voices of the Capitol Police. I might hear the autumn of footsteps and offended chanting,” Pence writes. Still, Pence insists he was “not afraid,” solely offended at what was unfolding.

At 2:24 p.m., as Pence remained in hiding, Trump fired off that notorious tweet saying Pence “did not have the braveness to do what ought to have been accomplished to guard our Country and our Constitution.”

“I simply shook my head,” Pence mentioned he responded. “The reality was, as reckless because the president’s tweet was, I actually did not have time for it. Rioters have been ransacking the Capitol. … The president had determined to be a part of the issue. I used to be decided to be a part of the answer. I ignored the tweet and obtained again to work.”

Pence additionally describes Trump’s marketing campaign to stress him to reject the outcomes of the election by rejecting Electoral College votes or sending them again to the states, despite the fact that the Constitution makes clear that the vice chairman’s function is only ceremonial.

During one lunch on Nov. 16, 2020, Pence mentioned he instructed Trump that “if the authorized challenges got here up quick and if he was unwilling to concede, he might merely settle for the outcomes of the elections, transfer ahead with the transition, and begin a political comeback, profitable the Senate runoffs in Georgia, the governor’s race in Virginia in 2021, and the House and Senate in 2022.”

“That achieved, I mentioned, he might run for president in 2024 and win,” Pence writes. “He appeared unmoved, even weary, on the prospect.”

“‘I do not know, 2024 is thus far off,”‘ Pence writes that Trump instructed him “earlier than returning to the standing of election challenges in numerous states.”

At one other lunch, Pence mentioned he inspired Trump “not to take a look at the election ‘as a loss — simply an intermission”‘ and mentioned if he “nonetheless got here up quick” after exhausting each authorized choice, Trump ought to “take a bow” and later run once more.

“He nodded, pointed at me as if to say, ‘That’s price contemplating,’ and walked into the again hallway,” Pence writes. “I’ll all the time want he had.”

But because the lawsuits Trump’s authorized staff was pushing continued to fail, Pence writes that Trump’s mood darkened and he turned more and more irate. Pence says Trump berated him, telling him, “You’re too sincere,” and predicting that “lots of of 1000’s are gonna hate your guts” and “persons are gonna suppose you are silly.”

“As the times wore on, it was changing into clear that there could be an actual value to me politically once I presided over the certification of the 2020 election,” Pence writes. “I all the time knew that I didn’t possess the authority to overturn the election. I knew it might be hurtful to my buddy for me to take part within the certification. But my responsibility was clear.”

After the Capitol was cleared of the rioters, Congress reconvened and Pence presided over the certification of his and Trump’s loss. For a number of days the 2 males didn’t converse. But after they lastly met, 5 days later, Pence mentioned they spent greater than 90 minutes collectively, alone.

“I instructed him that I had prayed for him for the previous 4 and a half years, and I inspired him to wish,” Pence mentioned he instructed Trump. “‘Jesus can assist you thru this,’ I mentioned. ‘Call on Him.’ He did not say something.”

“With real unhappiness in his voice, the president then mused, ‘What if we hadn’t had the rally? What in the event that they hadn’t gone to the Capitol?’ Then he mentioned, ‘It’s too horrible to finish like this.”‘



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