Trump Tweeted Mike Pence Attack Two Minutes Before VP And Family Were Evacuated

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In the middle of the mob attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, Donald Trump attacked Mike Pence in a tweet. At that point, we learned Wednesday, Pence and his family had still not been evacuated to a safe location.

The timestamp on Trump’s tweet, 2:24 p.m. ET, came two minutes before Pence and his wife and daughter were evacuated to a safe location still within the Capitol.

“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!” Trump tweeted.

Del. Stacey Plaskett (D-VA) noted the evacuation during the impeachment trial Wednesday.

“While all of this was going on, Vice President Pence was still in the room near the Senate chamber,” she said. “It wasn’t until 2:26 that he was evacuated to a secure location.”

Crucially, the Trump attack came after it was clear — to him, to the entire world — that the Capitol was under violent attack by his supporters, the impeachment managers argued.

“Even when President Trump knew what his words were causing, he didn’t do any of those things to stop the crowd,” Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) said. “In fact, he did the opposite. He fueled the fire.”

Castro cued up a video clips of rioters seemingly responding to Trump’s tweet: One man read the tweet through a megaphone, others called Pence a “traitor” and a “bitch.” “Mike Pence, we’re coming for you too, you fucking traitor!” one man inside the Capitol said.

“Mike pence is not a traitor to this country,” Castro said after the video clips. “He’s a patriot. And he and his family, who was with him that day, didn’t deserve this, didn’t deserve a president unleashing a mob on them. Especially because he was just doing his job.”

The impeachment managers have stressed that Pence and Republicans in Congress were the targets of the mob. Trump singled out Pence several times that day and in the weeks leading up to Jan. 6, and his tweet during the attack itself named his vice president as the mob’s rightful target.

In one YouTube video cited in federal court records, an alleged rioter recalled, “Once we found out Pence turned on us and that they had stolen the election, like officially, the crowd went crazy. I mean, it became a mob.”

At one point, rioters on the Capitol’s east side started a chant: “Hang Mike Pence!”

This post has been updated. 

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  1. Totally coincidental and unrelated. No way anyone can draw any direct line back to Trump.

  2. The irony here is that in a just world, likely there are crimes for which Mike Pence could be convicted and jailed, if not hanged. I mean, he was, after all, in charge of the Federal response to COVID-19, and personally oversaw the death, during his tenure, of more than half a million American citizens.

  3. I’ve only been listening to the hearing on the radio, a little bit at a time, over the past two days. Even the audio of the insurrection timeline is chilling. I had a strong visceral reaction to it. Like, I had to stop listening at one point.

  4. Mike Pence was in Skanky Turdface, Iwanka Turdface, Don Turdface Jr., Rudy Giuiiani and the Trump Organization’s crosshairs. Skanky Turdface and many of the coup planners specifically called out his name to make him a target so that the violent conservative thugs, radicalized religious extremists, fascists and traitors at the rally would go after Pence while he was at the Capitol certifying the vote. Iwanka referred to traitors attacking the Capitol and seeking out Pence, over running Pelosi’s office and desecrating the well of the Senate as patriots.

  5. You suffer from a common affliction known as “humanity”.

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