In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Former Vice President Mike Pence shared his perspective on the future direction of the Republican Party and addressed the events of January 6.
When discussing the party’s trajectory, Pence remarked that it was time for the Republican Party to transition away from the leadership of former President Donald Trump. He emphasized that historical judgment would be the ultimate arbiter of Trump’s role.
Regarding January 6, Pence expressed a sense of duty during his presidential campaign, stating, “I would say to every American, as I did during my presidential campaign, that I know I did my duty that day to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. I kept my oath.” He pointed to the significant challenges faced by Capitol Hill police, with over 120 officers injured. Recounting his own experience on that day, Pence remarked on witnessing officers enduring hardships, a fact that underscored the gravity of the situation.
Pence characterized the events as a regrettable riot that should never have occurred, attributing it, in part, to what he deemed as reckless words from the former president. He acknowledged the importance of assessing Trump’s role in history in light of these events.
Continuing, Pence shared insights into his presidential aspirations, explaining, “I ran for president because I think different times call for different leadership, and I’m hoping that the good people of Iowa, that I got to know, that the people of New Hampshire and South Carolina will look at this moment and realize that the elections are about the future. We need new leadership in the Republican Party and in the White House to move us forward.”
He emphasized the need for accountability, stating, “I believe everyone that conducted that riot at the Capitol Hill needs to be held to the fullest extent of the law, and I’m pleased that many have.” This sentiment reflects Pence’s commitment to the rule of law and justice in the aftermath of the events.