Mike Pence defends RNC resolution declaring January 6th insurrection as 'legitimate political discourse'
Former Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday defended the Republican National Committee’s February 4th resolution that censured United States Representatives Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) and designated the January 6th, 2021 Capitol insurrection as “legitimate political discourse.”
Cheney and Kinzinger are the only two GOP lawmakers serving on the House Select Committee tasked with investigating the deadly attack.
Speaking at a College Republicans event at Stanford University as reported by The Washington Post, Pence said that the RNC was not “talking about people that engaged in violence against persons or property that day.” Rather, the diktat was meant to stand up for “a whole range of people that have been set upon” by the bipartisan congressional panel.
“I just don’t know too many people around the country, including my friends at the RNC, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, who have any different view than it was a tragic day, that the people that ransacked the Capitol were wrong and should be held to account in the law,” Pence said. “And I think they made a very clear statement, after the fact, that said, ‘We were talking about what’s happening in Washington today, with the January 6th committee’ … and I believe them. They’re good people, and I believe that’s what they meant.”
The RNC has also denied that it is siding with the violent mob that stormed the Capitol at the behest of then-President Donald Trump while chanting “hang Mike Pence” and hunting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) for assassination.
In the days leading up to and including January 6th, Trump and his clown car of jingoist lawyers had been pressuring Pence into throwing out the results of the 2020 election, which Trump and Pence lost in a landslide.
After consulting with ex-Vice President Dan Quayle, Pence ultimately refused to cooperate with the coup and performed his ceremonial obligation of tallying and certifying President-Elect Joe Biden’s 332-206 victory in the Electoral College.
“The Constitution was quite clear on that tragic day in January,” Pence said on Thursday. “I knew what my duty was. And I kept my oath even though it hurt. And we moved the nation forward. And I don’t know if the president and I will ever see eye to eye on that. I really don’t.”
Nevertheless, Pence's endorsement of and excuses for the RNC's controversial decree has sparked scorn and confusion among politicos.
Dear @Mike_Pence \n\nWhy did you need to call Dan Quayle for advice on what to do on January 6?\n\nAll you had to do was follow the Constitution like every other VP.— Don Winslow (@Don Winslow) 1645199595
Mike Pence defends the RNC for calling the events on January 6th "legitimate political discourse."\n\nThey wanted to fucking hang you.— John Collins (@John Collins) 1645206056
A reminder that lying bigot Mike Pence was on board with sedition until Dan Quayle had to convince him otherwise, so it\u2019s no surprise that he is defending the RNC calling the Jan 6 insurrection \u201clegitimate political discourse. Terrorists tried to kill him and yet still spineless.— Ricky Davila (@Ricky Davila) 1645206765
If you ever, for one single solitary second thought that Mike Pence was ever gonna me more than the cowardly, craven and unendingly gutless lickspittle he\u2019s always shown himself to be, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.https://twitter.com/noliewithbtc/status/1494725646181933056\u00a0\u2026— Jo (@Jo) 1645213368
SPINELESS: Mike Pence just DEFENDED calling insurrectionists \u201ccitizens who engaged in legitimate political discourse,\u201d after they tried to HANG him on January 6.\n\nRT if you agree Mike Pence is an unprincipled coward!— John Aravosis \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddec\ud83c\uddf7\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 (@John Aravosis \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddec\ud83c\uddf7\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08) 1645198305
"legitimate political discourse....."\n@mike_pencepic.twitter.com/ggd2xIUiiv— Mark Stern (@Mark Stern) 1645206354
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