Just A Mile From Where Trump’s Mob Wanted To Hang Him, Pence Fails To Mention His Coup

by | Jul 26, 2022 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Just 1,500 feet from the spot where Donald Trump incited his coup attempt, and barely a mile from where the former president’s mob wanted to hang him, Mike Pence chose not to mention any of that during a half-hour speech Tuesday to a gathering of conservative college students.The former vice president mentioned Trump only a few times in his remarks, always in the context of what he called the conservative accomplishments of the “Trump-Pence” administration. He specifically cited Jan. 6, 2021, only once, as just one of a series of unfortunate events that had befallen the United States over the past few years.Advertisement“Global pandemic. Civil unrest. Divisive election. A tragic day in our nation’s capital, and a Democrat administration seemingly intent on weakening America at home and abroad,” he said.Pence, who is almost certain to run for president in 2024, did use the euphemistic language employed by many in his party who would prefer someone other than Trump as their nominee.“Now some people may choose to focus on the past. But elections are about the future,” Pence said, alluding to Trump’s endless lies that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him. “Conservatives must focus on the future to win back America.”Pence for the most part hit the standard themes that Republicans have been using to attack President Joe Biden and Democrats generally ahead of this autumn’s midterm election: border security, gas prices, inflation, standing up to China, women’s sports and opposing so-called critical race theory.AdvertisementWhen asked about Pence’s failure to mention the coup attempt, a Pence aide, on condition of anonymity, hit another favorite Republican message: attacking the news media.“While the out-of-touch media focuses on the past and attempts to inject Jan. 6 into every conversation, Americans are fretting how they are going to pay their next bill or fill up their gas tank,” the aide told HuffPost. “Mike Pence is focused on the future and electing conservative leaders who will help solve these problems and restore safety, security and prosperity in the United States.”Pence was speaking to several hundred students attending the Young America’s Foundation conference at the JW Marriott on Pennsylvania Avenue. It is located a quarter mile from the Ellipse park where Trump staged his pre-insurrection rally on Jan. 6 ― and just over a mile from the Capitol, where Pence, his staff and his family had to go into hiding for hours that day to avoid Trump’s mob.The hotel is also less than a mile from the Marriott Marquis hotel where Trump is set to speak later on Tuesday, in his first visit …

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