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Donald Trump Lashes Out After January 6th Committee Reveals He Supported Threats To Mike Pence

Donald Trump Lashes Out After January 6th Committee Reveals He Supported Threats To Mike Pence

Donald Trump has spent Friday morning on Truth Social, responding to evidence given at the first public hearing of the January 6th Committee. He’s upset over much of the content, it seems, including his daughter’s testimony. Calling it a “witch hunt,” he has issued denials of the entire hearing, as well as some specific matters — such as testimony that he said his supporters were “maybe right” when they chanted about hanging Mike Pence.

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Trump had lashed out at his vice president on social media, as the Trump Archive‘s collection of his tweets documents. First, at 8:17 that morning, he tweeted his false claim that Pence had the power to overturn the election.

States want to correct their votes, which they now know were based on irregularities and fraud, plus corrupt process never received legislative approval. All Mike Pence has to do is send them back to the States, AND WE WIN. Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage!

Then, at 2:24pm, after the mob had already entered the Capitol, he tweeted further inflammatory rhetoric, aiming his supporters at the then-VP.

Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!

Those were the public actions he took against Pence — but cabinet members who were with Trump in the White House as the attack was carried out say that behind closed doors, he was even more open about supporting the threats his fans were making.

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According to testimony that the January 6th Committee received from those in Trump’s presence, he declared that the mob had the right idea, even saying, “Mike Pence deserves it.”

On his Truth Social account, Trump did something he’s very skilled at — denied an allegation adjacent to the one actually made, instead of what was really said. Though Liz Cheney says the Committee will share testimony showing that Trump supported threats against Pence, what he actually denies is more specifically having said the words “hang Mike Pence” himself.

Trump Truth Social post reads "I NEVER said, or even thought of saying, “Hang Mike Pence.” This is either a made up story by somebody looking to become a star, or FAKE NEWS!"
[Image via Donald Trump/Truth Social]

He declares that it’s a “made-up story” by someone who sees the opportunity to “become a star” — although, of course, someone seeking publicity could have come forward to write a book or appear on news shows before now, rather than keeping that information to themselves outside of testimony behind closed doors to an investigative committee.

One thing is clear, though — of all the testimony that was heard Thursday night, this is one of the elements that really got the former president’s attention.

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