Trump Aimed To 'Accelerate Violence Against' Mike Pence, Says Rep. Zoe Lofgren

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Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) accused Donald Trump Sunday of deliberately trying to “accelerate the violence” already raging astatine the Capitol connected Jan. 6, 2021, against his vice president, Mike Pence, successful a reckless bid to bent onto power.

Lofgren, a subordinate of the House prime committee investigating the insurrection, pointed to the tweet the erstwhile president sent retired attacking Pence adjacent arsenic Trump supporters were violently storming the Capitol Jan. 6, 2021.

Former White House aides testified astatine past week’s House committee proceeding that Trump was urged to nonstop a connection to assistance quell the violence. But helium alternatively fired disconnected a tweet mid-riot saying Pence “didn’t person the courageousness to bash what should person been done” — referring to Pence’s refusal to cull electoral votes that certified Joe Biden’s victory.

A video of the country astatine the Capitol aft Trump’s tweet shows a rioter past announcing that Pence “betrayed us,” infuriating the crowd. Supporters were soon chanting: “Hang Mike Pence!”

“When helium sent retired the tweet attacking his vice president, helium already knew that the unit was underway,” Lofgren said connected “Face the Nation” connected CBS. “The lone decision you tin scope is that helium intended to accelerate that unit against the erstwhile vice president.”

The erstwhile president’s niece, Mary Trump, accused her uncle successful an interrogation past week of fundamentally “handing down a decease condemnation to Pence,” and suggested that Pence’s execution could person helped Trump assertion justification for declaring martial law.

Likewise, erstwhile Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman accused Trump connected MSNBC connected Saturday of “inducing a murderous rage” successful his supporters arsenic portion of a “set up” against Pence.

Lofgren besides accused Trump of fomenting a chillingly lawless, convulsive civilization successful America today. She pointed to “very conservative” Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) being yelled at and “roughed up” by extremist Republicans Saturday astatine the Texas Republican Party Convention successful Houston.

“I deliberation that’s what the erstwhile president has unleashed here,” she added.

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