Donald Trump threatened to end his friendship with Mike Pence on January 5th unless the then-vice president refused to certify Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election victory.
Galleys of a new book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa obtained by CNN detailed the incident, which the co-authors describe as a “tense encounter” in the Oval Office on January 5th when Trump pressured Pence to overturn the results of the election.According to the pages from “Peril” seen by CNN, the two argued over the certification even as MAGA supporters were already gathering for the next day’s rally. “If these people say you had the power, wouldn’t you want to?” Trump is said to have asked Pence. “I wouldn’t want any one person to have that authority,” the vice president replied.
Yesterday, I went undercover to talk to Mike Pence about the Big Lie. I told him I was at the Capitol on Jan. 6 fighting for Donald Trump. He told me “I love your heart.” pic.twitter.com/xK0y57UPIP
— Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) September 13, 2021
Desperately to cling to the office despite his overwhelming loss, Trump was grasping at any straw. “But wouldn’t it be almost cool to have that power?” Trump pressed. “No,” Pence insisted. “I’ve done everything I could and then some to find a way around this. It’s simply not possible.”
“No, no, no!” Trump reportedly shouted. “You don’t understand, Mike. You can do this. I don’t want to be your friend anymore if you don’t do this.”
THIS IS WHY @GOPLeader lies &rhetoric are SO high this week!
He knew these were coming!
1/5 Jan at WH-Trump tries to force @Mike_Pence to overturn election.
(I believe this is when trump decided Pence cud be sacrificed,literally,to allow trump to declare Martial Law on 1/6) pic.twitter.com/3sXCBG48CA
— Democracy1stAgain (@Democracy1stA) September 14, 2021
The authors said that Trump tried again to convince Pence on the morning of January 6th prior to the rally and the vote in Congress. “If you don’t do it, I picked the wrong man four years ago,” Trump threatened. “You’re going to wimp out.”
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— Gas Station Sushi (@GazStationSushi) September 14, 2021
Later that day, Trump incited the riotous attack on the U.S. Capitol, which only delayed the vote. The MAGA attempt to derail our voting process failed to prevent Pence and Congress from certifying Biden’s victory.
Pence echoed Trump’s false claims of election fraud in Arizona on a call with Dan Quayle days before Jan 6.
— Meredith Lee (@meredithllee) September 14, 2021