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Trump Was Hoping Pence And Members Of Congress Would Be ‘Killed Or Taken Hostage’ On Jan. 6: Report

Based on testimony from former Trump administration official Cassidy Hutchinson on Tuesday, it’s now clear that failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump wanted to see his vice president, Mike Pence, and members of Congress “killed or taken hostage” according to presidential historian Michael Beschloss.

During an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday morning, Beschloss noted:

“Everything that [Richard] Nixon did in the 1970s is put in the shade by what we have seen here. Nixon didn’t send armed terrorists up to the Capitol, and by everything that we are learning now what Donald Trump wanted to see on the 6th of January was violence. There’s every sign that he wanted to see members of Congress shot or killed or taken hostage, including his vice president, who, of course, is the president of the Senate.”

Beschloss added:

“Have we ever seen a president do 100th of that in the whole history of the United States? Historically, every other president is in one category. Donald Trump is in a category of his own.”

Consider a few more of the things Hutchinson revealed on Tuesday during her two hours of testimony, courtesy of New York magazine:

She said Trump was furious with his security officials, and she overheard him saying, “I don’t f- – -ing care that they have weapons. They’re not here to hurt me.” Later, she said that Trump wanted them to march to the Capitol after his speech.

Previous witnesses had told the January 6 committee that Trump had been saying he wanted to march to the Capitol with his supporters in the weeks leading up to the rally, but Hutchinson revealed that Trump actually tried to go as soon as he finished his speech calling on the thousands assembled before him to march there. Trump boarded a vehicle with the Secret Service, thinking he was being taken to the Capitol.

As we’ve seen many times before, Donald Trump demands loyalty from others, but will toss anyone (even family) under the bus when it suits his purposes. That’s just plain evil.

Here’s Michael Beschloss on MSNBC:

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Mike Pence Laughably Claims He Has ‘Never’ Seen A POTUS Lie As Much As Joe Biden

Over the past week, there’s been what can best be called a reevaluation of former vice president Mike Pence, who has been hailed by some as the man who saved the United States from a coup attempt orchestrated by his former boss, Donald Trump.

While it’s certainly true that Pence refused to delay certification of the electoral votes on January 21, 2021, remarks the former VP made on Monday during an appearance on Fox Business make it clear that Pence remains a lying sack of excrement who cannot be trusted.

Speaking with host Larry Kudlow (who also served in the Trump administration), Pence was asked:

“Have you ever seen a president who refuses to accept blame, and I want to add to that, commits so many falsehoods? I’m being very polite here, calling it falsehoods – falsehoods, you know, on any given day. He’s out there saying stuff that just ain’t true. Have you ever seen anything like that?”

Pence replied:

“Never in my lifetime. I said today that there has never been a time in my life where a president was more disconnected from the American people than we see today.”

However, what Pence conveniently neglected to mention is that Trump told more than 30,000 lies during his four years in office, including the most dangerous one: That the 2020 election had been “stolen” from him even though he clearly lost in a landslide.

As for being “disconnected” from the American people, Donald Trump repeatedly said COVID was no big deal and would quickly vanish from the face of the planet as soon as the weather got warmer. He also suggested that disinfectant injected into the body could cure the disease.

It’s a mystery why Pence feels a need to remain so loyal to Trump, who suggested that his vice president should probably be executed for refusing to disobey the Constitution.

Whatever Pence’s motivations might be, he’s a lost cause. He’s not a hero and should go down in history as an accomplice to some of the most horrific policies ever enacted by any administration.

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Thursday’s Jan. 6 Hearing Will Focus On Pence’s Possible Complicity In The Capitol Attack: Report

 

During Watergate, it became the line that best defined the crimes committed by Richard Nixon: What did the president know, and when did he know it?

On Thursday, when the January 6 Select Committee meets again in public session, the question will be a variation of the one asked all those years ago about the break-in at the Watergate Hotel: What did Mike Pence know, and when did he know it?

In some ways, it could be said that Pence was one of the heroes of Jan. 6 because he refused to act in a manner that could have caused the biggest crisis in the history of the American republic.

If Pence had decided not to certify the electoral votes on Jan. 6 and given into the pressure being applied to him by Donald Trump and some members of Congress, we might still have Trump in office and serving as dictator for life.

But just how far did Pence bend before he righted himself? That’s what we’ll learn tomorrow, according to Axios:

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said Thursday’s Jan. 6 hearing will focus on former President Trump’s efforts to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence into overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Driving the news: Cheney, the vice chair of the Jan. 6 committee, said in a newly released video that the hearing will spotlight Trump’s “relentless efforts” to convince Pence to refuse to count the electoral votes.

In the video, Cheney said Trump plotted with attorney John Eastman and others to overturn the election.

Cheney’s video included footage of Trump’s White House adviser Eric Herschmann telling the Jan. 6 committee that he urged Eastman on Jan. 7 to hire a good criminal defense lawyer because “you’re going to need it.”

Even though Pence did eventually do the right thing and proceed with certification of the electoral votes after the Capitol rioting had been quelled, members of his staff will be able to explain exactly how intense the pressure was from Trump and others close to the disgraced ex-president, which could add to an already growing case against Trump and members of his inner circle, including his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, both of whom were senior advisers to the failed, one-term former president.

One thing is certain: Thursday will add pressure to everyone who might have played even a tangential role in what transpired on Jan. 6, and that could easily lead to criminal charges against people who thought they had managed to get off scot-free.

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Trump Complained About Pence Being Taken To Safety On 1/6 – Said VP Should Be Hung: Report

As rioters were storming the Capitol on January 6, 2021, then-President Donald Trump saw crowds of people chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” and said he agreed with them, getting upset when it became clear that the vice president had been whisked to safety by the U.S. Secret Service.

According to The New York Times:

Shortly after hundreds of rioters at the Capitol started chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” on Jan. 6, 2021, the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, left the dining room off the Oval Office, walked into his own office and told colleagues that President Donald J. Trump was complaining that the vice president was being whisked to safety.

Mr. Meadows, according to an account provided to the House committee investigating Jan. 6, then told the colleagues that Mr. Trump had said something to the effect of, maybe Mr. Pence should be hung.

It is not clear what tone Mr. Trump was said to have used. But the reported remark was further evidence of how extreme the rupture between the president and his vice president had become, and of how Mr. Trump not only failed to take action to call off the rioters but appeared to identify with their sentiments about Mr. Pence — whom he had unsuccessfully pressured to block certification of the Electoral College results that day — as a reflection of his own frustration at being unable to reverse his loss.

Of course, this shouldn’t surprise anyone who actually knows what the failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president is capable of.

For example, Trump reportedly made fun of his own father, Fred Trump, as he faded into the darkness of Alzheimer’s disease, as first reported back in 2017 in the book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary Trump, the ex-president’s niece:

“Among the family drama that Trump is set to spill in the book is how the current US president ‘dismissed and derided’ his father ‘when he began to succumb to Alzheimer’s,’ which he was diagnosed with in 1993, according to Simon & Schuster.”

Donald Trump is a complete asshole. He always has been, even as a child:

Dennis Burnham was four years younger and lived around the corner from Donald. He inherited his own impression of his neighbor from his mother, who warned that he should “stay away from the Trumps.”

“Donald was known to be a bully, I was a little kid, and my parents didn’t want me beaten up,” said Burnham, 65, a business consultant in Texas.

Once when she left Dennis in a playpen in a back yard adjoining the Trumps’ property, Martha Burnham returned to find Donald throwing rocks at her son. “She saw Donald standing at the fence,” Dennis Burnham said, “using the playpen for target ­practice.”

Should it surprise anyone that Donald was willing to see his own VP hang from a scaffold if it would allow him to remain as president indefinitely? If it does, then you simply haven’t been paying attention.

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Mike Pence Believed The Secret Service Was Part Of The Jan. 6 Coup To Keep Trump In Power: Report

The plan had been laid out in advance and was proceeding perfectly on January 6, 2021.

As rioters began storming the U.S. Capitol, Secret Service agents assigned to Vice President Mike Pence insisted that he be taken to a safe location before the situation inside the building became too dangerous for security to handle.

But when it came time to put Pence into a vehicle that would spirit him to safety, the VP looked at the head of his Secret Service detail and insisted:

“I’m not getting in that car.”

That, according to House Select Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) is proof that Pence thought his own security detail was part of the larger plot that would keep Donald Trump in power via an illegal coup:

Speaking about the threats to Pence on Jan. 6 and the chants by rioters to hang him, Raskin said the vice president’s Secret Service agents — including one who was carrying the nuclear football — ran down to an undisclosed place in the Capitol. Those agents, who Raskin said he suspects were reporting to Trump’s Secret Service agents, were trying to whisk Pence away from the Capitol.

Pence then “uttered what I think are the six most chilling words of this entire thing I’ve seen so far: ‘I’m not getting in that car,'” Raskin said.

“He knew exactly what this inside coup they had planned for was going to do,” Raskin said.

Pence’s words also raise another issue: What did the vice president know, and when did he know it? Since he hasn’t yet testified before the Jan. 6 committee, we simply don’t know, and that has set off a firestorm of angry debate on Twitter, where many people are saying Pence must be compelled to tell his side of the story.

There are so many unanswered questions, and answers are more important than ever before if we truly cherish the American republic.