Of course, only the videos that supported the Democratic position were shown in Nancy Pelosi’s meticulously orchestrated Jan. 6 Committee production. But, neither portrayal included all of the day’s events, and more crucially, neither portrayal discredits the other. Although neither side agrees, it is a simple fact.
Barricades were breached, Capitol windows were broken, “protesters” at first forced their way through doors against the will of Capitol security on the other side, and cries asking for the Vice President of the United States to be hanged could be heard outside the structure. Bottom line: January 6 was not a “peaceful demonstration” in its entirety — not even close — and no attempt to refute that fact will change the truth.
Let’s move on to the current problem now.
Former Vice President Mike Pence has been relatively restrained in his condemnation of Donald Trump since the events of January 6, according to a report on Sunday by my colleague Joe Cunningham. Nevertheless, in a speech at Saturday’s annual Gridiron Dinner, a white-tie event attended by both politicians and journalists, Pence criticized Trump for the violence in the Capitol and threats made against the former veep’s family.
“President Trump made a mistake. I lacked the authority to void the election. And I know that history will hold Donald Trump responsible for the harm his careless statements caused my family and everyone else in the Capitol that day.”
“140 people aren’t hurt by tourists’ sightseeing. Visitors don’t smash through doors to confront the Speaker of the House or threaten to harm public servants.”
“The American citizens are entitled to know what transpired on January 6 at the Capitol. But make no mistake, what occurred that day was a disgrace, and to portray it in any other way is to insult decency.”
Mr. Pence was correct. Ever-Trump supporters disagree. That is their right, but having a “right” does not make anything that is wrong right.
Donald J. Trump is not happy about any of this. As noted by the Washington Post on Monday, the former president not only addressed the former vice president’s criticism, but he also now holds Pence accountable for the violence that occurred on the Capitol grounds on January 6.
On Monday, Trump performed a double backflip from the denying platform and slammed Pence’s claim that history will hold him responsible for the Capitol attack. He told reporters that Pence should take responsibility for the violence carried out that day by Trump supporters.
“In many ways, you can hold him accountable for Jan. 6 because if he had brought the votes back to the legislatures, they would not have had a problem with that. You would have witnessed a different result if he had pushed them back to Georgia, Pennsylvania, or Arizona. And I also believe you would not have had “Jan. 6″ as we term it.”
Before we discuss the main points of Trump’s remark, I find it intriguing that he implied that violence took place on January 6. What would he be holding Pence responsible for if not?
Now, this “sending it back to the States” nonsense. The United States Constitution, its Amendments, and the law do not provide such a mechanism. Period. Second, many constitutional scholars concur that Pence’s attempt at such an action would have been in violation of the Constitution, despite the peculiar belief of a large number of Trump fans that he did have the power to attempt such an action.