After former Vice President Mike Pence spoke in defense of the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol on January 6th, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) reminded him that those same Trump supporters wanted to kill him.

Pence is looking to run for president in 2024 and that apparently means pretending the attempted coup was not as bad as it really was, a problem considering that there are thousands of hours of video footage and a lot of testimony by Capitol Police officers and other witnesses demonstrating otherwise.

Hundreds of insurrectionists are now on trial for participating in the violent attempt to overthrow democracy, with more being arrested and charged as the weeks and months progress.

They not only tried to overthrow democracy and tried to install Donald Trump as a dictator, they also intended to assassinate lawmakers along the way.

Pence himself was expected by Trump to help him overthrow democracy through his ceremonial role in the Senate to refuse to certify the 2020 Election results, something Pence did not do. However, Pence continues to deny the severity of the insurrection to this day and claimed this week that the media is being mean and unfair to Trump supporters.

“I know the media wants to distract from the Biden administration’s failed agenda by focusing on one day in January,” Pence said. “They want to use that one day to try and demean the character and intentions of 74 million Americans who believed we could be strong again and prosperous again and supported our administration in 2016 and 2020.”

This denial of reality drew a response from Lieu, who reminded Pence that the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol that day wanted him dead.

Indeed, the bloodthirsty crowd of Trump supporters even erected a gallows complete with a noose specifically for Pence’s neck if he chose to do his duty by certifying the election results instead of doing Trump’s bidding. The very people Pence is courting for support in 2024 are the same people who wanted him hanged. Not all 74 million Americans who voted for Trump supported the insurrection attempt, but all of them own it. It’s a stain on their legacies and their consciences. They should be ashamed of themselves for voting for Trump despite his authoritarian behavior. And Pence should be ashamed of himself for pretending January 6th wasn’t a domestic terrorist attack in which he himself was a prime target.

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