Donald Trump attempted to harass Mike Pence before the vice president oversaw the electoral college vote count, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.
“You can go down in history as a patriot, or you can go down in history like a cat,” Trump told Pence as he pressured the vice president to quash the election on the mistake that a veep has power. to do this, according to the Times, which cited two anonymous sources.
Pence challenged Trump, prompting the president to detonate him in an inflammatory speech that helped spark the riot on Capitol Hill. Some of the pro-Trump insurgents shouted “Hang Pence,” the video showed.
Pence, who was in the Senate and chaired the vote count when extremists stormed the Capitol, was rushed with his family into the basement. Trump neither called to verify his safety nor discouraged rioters from attacking the veep, according to NBC News,
On Tuesday, Pence refused to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, days before President-elect Joe Biden was inaugurated. But his break with the president seems to persist.
He was invited to the West Wing for a meeting with Trump on Monday.
“The official description of the hour-long conversation was ‘good’; the unofficial description was “insubstantial” and “stilted,” “the Times wrote.
Trump, of course, infamously used the word “pussy” in a tape that leaked just before the 2016 election. He was caught bragging to Billy Bush of “Access Hollywood” that he could use his. celebrity to grab women by the genitals.
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