Mike Pence Says Trump Should Never Be President Again
Former Vice President Mike Pence has spoken out against former President Donald Trump amid news of his indictment on charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol Riots. In a statement, Pence made it clear that he believes Trump’s actions placed himself above the Constitution, making him unfit to ever be President again.
“Today’s indictment serves as an important reminder: anyone who puts himself over the Constitution should never be President of the United States,” the Trump-admin vice president said.
Former VP Mike Pence’s statement on Donald Trump’s indictment today:
“Today's indictment serves as an important reminder: anyone who puts himself over the Constitution should never be President of the United States…
Our country is more important than one man.
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The indictment, handed down by a Washington, D.C. grand jury, includes four counts against Trump, ranging from conspiracy to defraud the U.S. to conspiracy against rights. The charges stem from his alleged efforts to overturn President Joe Biden’s election victory.
In his statement, Pence emphasized the importance of the Constitution and the principles it upholds. He cautioned voters that Trump’s candidacy could shift the focus away from addressing the issues plaguing the nation, such as Biden’s economic policies.
“The former president is entitled to the presumption of innocence but with this indictment, his candidacy means more talk about January 6th and more distractions. As Americans, his candidacy means less attention paid to Joe Biden’s disastrous economic policies afflicting millions across the United States and to the pattern of corruption with Hunter,” he said.
Pence’s role in the indictment is noteworthy, as he repeatedly appears throughout the 45-page document. The indictment claims that Trump put pressure on Pence to use his ceremonial role during the certification proceeding on January 6 to overturn the election results. Pence, however, reportedly chose to uphold the Constitution, believing there was no constitutional authority to reject or return votes to the states.
“Our country is more important than one man,” Pence asserted in his statement, emphasizing that the Constitution’s integrity must not be compromised for any individual’s career. According to him, he would always prioritize the Constitution over any political allegiance.
Pence also seized the opportunity to advance his candidacy, pledging to defend America and uphold integrity and civility in public life while seeking real solutions to the nation’s challenges.
“As your president, I will not yield an inch in defending America, our people, or our values, and I promise you: I will do so in a way consistent with my oath to the Constitution and the character and decency of the American people,” he stated.