It was just a matter of time before Mike Pence’s “handlers” told him to ramp up criticism of his former boss, and that’s exactly what he did Saturday evening during the annual White-Tie Gridiron Dinner attended by politicians and journalists.
During the former Veeps speech, Mike Pence harshly criticized former President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, leading many to speculate that Pence is getting ready to launch his own bid for President Of The United States in 2024 and that the gloves are finally off.
“President Trump was wrong,” Pence said during remarks. “I had no right to overturn the election. And his reckless words endangered my family and everyone at the Capitol that day, and I know history will hold Donald Trump accountable.”
Pence’s remarks were the sharpest attack yet from the once-loyal second in command who has often remained silent regarding his views on January 6th. Trump has already declared his candidacy. Pence has not, but he’s been laying the groundwork to run.
With his remarks, Pence has officially taken a stance on how he really feels about the events leading up to J6 and has solidified his place in a broader debate within the Republican Party over how to view the attack.
“Make no mistake about it, what happened that day was a disgrace,” Pence said in his Gridiron Dinner remarks. “And it mocks decency to portray it any other way.”
Pence also joked that Trump’s ego was so fragile, he wanted his vice president to sing “Wind Beneath My Wings” — one of the lines is “did you ever know that you’re my hero?” — during their weekly lunches.
He also took a shot at Trump over classified documents.
“I read that some of those classified documents they found at Mar-a-Lago were actually stuck in the president’s Bible,” Pence said. “Which proves he had absolutely no idea they were there.”
Trump wasn’t the only politician that Pence took jabs at. He also took the opportunity to throw political punches at Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg over his “maternity leave”.
Pence mentioned that, despite travel problems that were plaguing Americans, Buttigieg took “maternity leave” after he and his husband adopted newborn twins.
“Pete is the only person in human history to have a child and everyone else gets post-partum depression,” Pence said.
It’s unfortunate that Mike Pence has decided to throw his relationship down the drain with his former boss, but it was just a matter of time before the gloves came off now that he’s seriously considering a run at President.