Nancy Pelosi did what Donald Trump failed to do on January 6th


Nancy Pelosi and Mike Pence don’t see eye to eye on much politically. They are not now, nor have they ever been—even during Pence’s time in Congress—allies or friends.

Yet on January 6, 2021 – when the US Capitol was under attack and rioters were chanting “Hang Mike Pence”, Pelosi did something so basic and so human about her: She was concerned for Pence’s well-being.

Footage obtained exclusively by CNN of Pelosi and other congressional leaders from Fort McNair, which was turned over after the Capitol crossing, captured the call between Pelosi and Pence.

“I’m concerned about being in that room in the Capitol,” Pelosi told Pence, who was being escorted to a loading dock under the Capitol with her security detail. “Don’t let anyone know where you are.”

It’s a simple gesture, yes. A check The kind of thing that is done almost reflexively in a moment of crisis.

Pelosi’s humane response to Pence on the same day Donald Trump related to Pence is brilliant.

Remember that Trump engaged in a long campaign of pressure against Pence to try to get the then-Vice President to refuse to accept Electoral College votes, to create chaos and to inject false claims of a stolen election.

“If Vice President @Mike_Pence stands up for us, we win the Presidency,” Trump tweeted earlier that day, even though Pence had no authority to do what the then-president was asking. In his January 6 speech, Trump repeated that message: “I hope Mike does the right thing. I hope. I hope. Because if Mike Pence does well, we’re going to win the election.”

And then, even after realizing the violence that was going on among some elements of the crowd that day, Trump tweeted at 2:24 p.m.: “Mike Pence didn’t have the guts to do what he needed to do. Protect our People and our Constitution by giving states the opportunity to direct events.” to secure a set, not the fraudulent or incorrect ones they were asked to secure earlier. The US demands the truth!’

Even as the situation worsened and Pence came to his feet amid the riots, Trump literally never had to check on his vice president when the violence broke out. Amidst the chants of hanging Pence, Cassidy Hutchinson, a senior aide to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified before the committee on Jan. 6 that Meadows told White House counsel Pat Cipollone, “Mike believes. [Pence] it’s worth it He doesn’t think they’re doing anything wrong.”

The contrast could not be more obvious. Pelosi did not have a close relationship with Pence but, in a moment of crisis, she was concerned about his well-being. Trump, who picked Pence as his vice president and saw the former Indiana governor play his loyal second fiddle for four years, did not do so, and also repeatedly attacked Pence.

The message is clear: Trump was – and still is – only concerned about himself. Pence was just a means to an end he wanted. And when Pence became a problem, Trump had no qualms about letting him go.