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Donald Trump Echoed Calls To Hang Mike Pence, Witnesses Tell January 6th Committee

Donald Trump Echoed Calls To Hang Mike Pence, Witnesses Tell January 6th Committee

On January 6th, one of the chants that could be heard from the mob breaking into the U.S. Capitol Building in an effort to overturn the election on behalf of Donald Trump was, “Hang Mike Pence!” Now we learn that Trump shared the sentiment.

TOPSHOT – A noose is seen on makeshift gallows as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather on the West side of the US Capitol in Washington DC on January 6, 2021. – Donald Trump’s supporters stormed a session of Congress held today, January 6, to certify Joe Biden’s election win, triggering unprecedented chaos and violence at the heart of American democracy and accusations the president was attempting a coup. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT – A noose is seen on makeshift gallows as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather on the West side of the US Capitol in Washington DC on January 6, 2021. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

According to the New York Times, one of the many witnesses who have spoken with the January 6th Committee about the events of, and leading up to, that day shared the information with the investigation. While the mob was chanting, and Secret Service members were on the move to remove Pence to a safe, undisclosed location, Trump made remarks to Mark Meadows, his Chief of Staff, to the effect of, “Maybe Pence should be hung.”

Meadows was speaking to Trump in the White House dining room, where the then-president reportedly spent most of the attack, watching it live on television as it unfolded. Upon leaving the dining room, he repeated Trump’s words to colleagues, and said that Trump was unhappy about Pence being taken to safety.

This becomes especially horrifying when combined with Pence’s actions on that same day — when, as Newsweek reports, he refused to get into a vehicle with Secret Service members, which Representative Jamie Raskin described as “chilling,” saying that Pence “knew exactly what this inside coup they had planned for was going to do.”

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Pence has not stated whether he feared danger, or just being prevented from carrying out his duty, but there has been speculation that he believed Trump had a hand in the matter and was trying to have him moved away from the Capitol Building, to better enable the coup attempt.

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