Donald Trump “handed down a death sentence to Mike Pence” because he knew “the one option to get what he wanted” was for the “worst possible events to unfold” through the rebellion, in keeping with his niece, Mary Trump.
“We have to be very blunt about what happened,” she told Katie Phang on MSNBC Friday. Trump “wasn’t just stirring up his insurrectionists to create chaos,” she said. “He handed down a death sentence to Mike Pence.”
Trump said that when Pence defied the previous president and refused to overturn the election, her uncle had few options left to remain in power, and could have considered something as “absolutely radical” as “declaring martial law,” which witnesses have indicated. The “death of his vp” could have paved the way in which for that, she noted.
Trump told Lawrence O’Donnell the day past on MSNBC that Trump’s vision for the rebellion took a very dark turn when he finally realized that somebody “as weak and sycophantic as Mike Pence” had the “audacity” to go against him.
That’s something “Donald isn’t going to take,” Trump said. “What people need to know is that Donald doesn’t consider he must be denied anything he wants.”
That’s when the previous president knew “the one way for him to get what he wanted was for the worst possible events to unfold within the Capitol,” she said.
The violent mob that stormed the Capitol was calling to hold Mike Pence that day, and got here as close as 40 feet from him.
Despite the dire peril Pence was subjected to by his boss and his likely “abject terror,” Mary Trump doesn’t consider the previous vp a hero for certifying the electoral vote despite the then-president’s demands.
“Mike Pence will not be a hero. He did the best thing on January sixth but only after exploring every option to avoid doing so,” she tweeted Thursday. “He doesn’t even have the heart to testify in front of the committee.”
Mike Pence will not be a hero. He did the best thing on January sixth but only after exploring every option to avoid doing so. He doesn’t even have the heart to testify in front of the committee. #January6thCommitteeHearings
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) June 17, 2022