Former President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on his former vice president on Friday, dismissing Mike Pence as a “human conveyor belt” for failing to reject what he believes were fraudulent votes in the 2020 election.
It came at the end of a week that revealed more evidence of how he and his allies tried to convince Pence to nullify the result, but failed.
The Jan. 6 House Committee released testimony from a White House official who says Trump called Pence a “dick.”
Trump tore into the hearings as a “show trial” in his most sustained attack on the commission since it began investigating the US Capitol attack.
‘I don’t even know who these people are. But I never called Mike Pence a wimp,” he told a gathering of religious conservatives in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I never called him a wimp. Mike Pence had a chance to be awesome.
“He had a chance to be honest historical.
“But like Bill Barr and the rest of these frail people, Mike—and I say it sadly because I liked them—but Mike didn’t have the courage to act.”
He also claimed Democrats favored killing babies, boasted that the audience for his January 6th speech was bigger than for Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, and said the education system was so distorted that teachers the Bible, but were allowed to teach preschoolers that they could choose their gender.
Former President Donald Trump renewed his attack on his Vice President Mike Pence and the Jan. 6 committee in a speech to religious conservatives on Friday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to the Majority” meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.
Pence defended his performance in an interview published Friday with the Wall Street Journal. “Ultimately, I believe most Americans understand that we did our duty that day under this country’s Constitution and laws,” he said.
He reserved most of his fire for the Jan. 6 investigation and for Pence.
The commission’s public hearings revealed how key aides and officials told Trump he had lost the election and that his fraud allegations would not be enough to change the outcome.
Still, a small circle of advisers developed a plan that aimed to pressure Pence into using his role as Senate president to deny electoral college votes from disputed states.
Pence refused, and when Trump supporters flooded the Capitol on Jan. 6, some heard a chant, “Hang Mike Pence.”
Trump used his speech to religious conservatives at the “Road to the Majority” meeting of the Faith and Freedom Coalition to berate his vice president, whose own potential path to president in 2024 will run through the Christian right.
And he repeated his false claims that his defeat to Joe Biden was the result of widespread fraud.
“Mike was afraid of whatever he was afraid of,” Trump said.
“But as you heard a year and a half ago, Mike Pence had absolutely no choice but to be a human assembly line… even if the voices were fraudulent.
“They said he had to send the votes… couldn’t do anything.”
Trump complained this week that he wanted the same amount of airtime as the commission’s hearings on Jan. 6. So he took full advantage of a receptive audience
Pence defended his performance in an interview published Friday with the Wall Street Journal.
“Ultimately, I believe most Americans understand that we did our duty that day under this country’s Constitution and laws,” he said.
“Mike Pence had absolutely no choice but to be a human assembly line….even if the votes were fraudulent,” Trump said in his speech.
sen. Marsha Blackburn also spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition event in Nashville
Trump characterized the day’s violence as nothing more than a protest, even bragging about the size of the crowd that saw him deliver a speech in the morning.
“It was a simple protest,” he said.
“It got out of hand and I will say they don’t talk about it, they never show the size of the crowd.
“I believe this was the largest number of people I’ve ever spoken to.”
Trump also delivered a wide range in the education wars.
“Our children are prisoners of unhinged Marxist educators who force inappropriate sexual, racial and political material on our children from the earliest possible age,” he said.
‘They are not old enough to think’
‘The current education system is so turned upside down that school prayer is banned. But drag shows are absolutely allowed.
“You can’t teach the Bible, but you can teach children that men get pregnant and that toddlers can choose their own gender.”
The row went down fell well with his religious audience.
The biggest line of applause came when he teased a possible 2024 run, something he has repeatedly suggested without announcing yet.
“Would anyone want me to run for president?” he asked, rousing the crowd and beginning with a thunderous clapping.
He also painted a picture of two Americas. In one, leftist mobs are allowed to threaten conservative Supreme Court judges without convicting President Joe Biden; in the other conservatives protesting at the US Capitol are being hounded.
“The sick person showed up at Judge Kavanaugh’s house with a knife, gun, crowbar, zip ties, and yet Joe Biden has not convicted it,” he said.
He added that he would consider pardons for those arrested in connection with the January 6 attack.
“To be one people in one nation, America must have one set of laws and one legal system. We don’t have that we have two systems. the radical left is not above the law and conservatives are not under the law,” he exulted.
“The targeting and repression that is now being directed at Republicans and conservatives is completely unprecedented in American history.”
He also reviewed his record, highlighting work on the border wall, nominating conservative Supreme Court justices and his action against ISIS in the Middle East.
“I’ve called on Congress to ban late-term abortions, unlike Democrats who allow babies to be executed after birth … to be executed after birth,” he said.
The baby is born. They decide they don’t want the baby after the birth. Look at the former governor of Virginia right after his birth. Do you remember that one?
“In the Republican Party, we believe that every life is a sacred gift from God.”
Conservatives have tried to argue that former Democratic Governor Ralph Northam favored infanticide over comments he made about third-trimester abortions in the case of severe developmental disabilities.
The speech came at the end of a difficult week for the Trump world as the House investigation continues its public hearings.
Multiple Trump allies, including his daughter Ivanka, former Attorney General William Barr and other officials, have testified to the commission that they did not believe Trump’s false election claims.
Trump used his speech to hit back at the commission’s work. And he compared the size of his crowd on Jan. 6 to the crowd who heard Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a dream” speech.
“They said it was a million people, a million people and then I gave my speech and they showed the same thing,” he claimed.
‘It’s hard to believe many decades later, but it’s identical architecture identical pools…everything was identical…
“They said there were a million people, now my photos were exactly the same, but the people were a little closer together.”
He complained that he had more people, but the media said the crowd was only 25,000 strong.