WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump defended his supporters’ chants threatening to hang Vice President Mike Pence as they stormed the U.S. Capitol in a lethal riot on Jan. 6, in accordance to a newly launched interview on Friday.
In excerpts of an interview with an ABC reporter, the previous Republican president brazenly supported the threats to Pence, who went earlier than Congress that day to certify outcomes of the 2020 presidential election by which Democrat Joe Biden defeated Trump.
Pence, who with Trump is amongst potential candidates for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, has mentioned he was pleased with his position in certifying the election outcomes.
Requested in regards to the Jan. 6 crowd’s chants of “Hang Mike Pence”, Trump mentioned they “were very angry” and he reiterated his false declare of voter fraud, in accordance to an audio of the interview, carried out in March by ABC’s Jonathan Karl and reported by Axios information outlet.
“It’s common sense that you’re supposed to protect. How can you — if you know a vote is fraudulent, right? — how can you pass on a fraudulent vote to Congress? How can you do that?” Trump mentioned, in accordance to the report.
Requested if he was fearful for Pence’s security, Trump advised ABC: “No. I thought he was well-protected, and I had heard that he was in good shape.”
Representatives for Pence couldn’t be reached for remark on the report.
1000’s of Trump supporters stormed the seat of the U.S. authorities on Jan. 6 as Pence and members of Congress met to certify Biden’s substantial victory. 4 folks died in the course of the rioting and three Capitol Police died afterwards, whereas scores of different officers had been injured.
Almost 700 folks have been charged within the riot and Congress is investigating the assault. learn extra
Karl interviewed Trump for his e book “Betrayal” that comes out on Nov. 16, by which he examines the final months of the Trump presidency and occasions after he left the White Home in January.
The discharge of Trump’s feedback comes amid growing concern in the US over home extremism, together with threats to native election officers. learn extra
Reporting by Susan Heavey
Modifying by Gareth Jones
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