Only his ankle biters!
After the third installment of the January 6 House Committee mini-series Thursday 06-16-22, the chickenhawk Lawrence O’Donnell told MSNBC virtue signalers that Mike Pence was no hero. Why? Because the Vice President did due diligence in consulting legal experts like retired judge J. Michael Luttig, who provided the legal ballast for Mr. Pence’s initial instinct that he could not unilaterally overturn the 2020 presidential election.
“Why did it take so long … to do the right thing?” O’Donnell cavils. (This is the guy who peddled the Russian collusion hoax.) That’s like blaming Sgt. York for not capturing the Kaiser in addition to that machine gun nest.
John Nichols also parrots the party line of No Good German Republican. “The fact is that Pence was, is, and will always be a political hack,” Nichols writes, betraying confusion between fact and opinion as well as intimate familiarity with the subject of political hackery.
→ We do not recall Messieurs O’Donnell or Nichols ever so much as venture into a Republican Women’s Club luncheon, much less tell BLM and Antifa to quit burning down America.
Not going to let that happen
So intense was the pressure on the Vice President that his chief of staff alerted his Secret Service protection. On the morning of January 6, Pence endured a final barrage of abuse from the bully in the pulpit, who called him “Wimp” and “Pussy” for refusing to throw the election, according to testimony Thursday. In his one-hour and 11-minute harangue in the Ellipse, Trump put Pence on notice:
“All Vice President Pence has to do is send it back to the states to recertify and we become president and you are the happiest people. … [If he doesn’t] we’re stuck with a President who lost the election by a lot and we have to live with that for four more years. We’re just not going to let that happen.”
Even after being told the mob had stormed the Capitol, the insurrectionist in chief tweeted: “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done.” Thereupon, the crowds surged, the Wall Street Journal reports and committee video showed.
… and within one minute made it to one floor below where Mr. Pence was waiting off the Senate floor, according to clips from video cameras inside the Capitol. At 2:26 p.m., the Secret Service rushed him down the stairs, other video showed. The rioters came within 40 feet of Mr. Pence, the committee said the footage revealed.
Just gallows humor?
When told that afternoon that the crowd was chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” with a gallows at the ready, Trump mused that maybe his supporters have “the right idea” since Pence “deserves it.”
Pence and his family remained for 4½ hours at a Capitol complex loading dock without any concern from the President, safe in the White House. The Secret Service wanted to drive his entourage away. Pence said no, according to the testimony of his chief legal counsel, becaue “he did not want to take any chance that the world would see the Vice President of the United States fleeing the United States Capitol.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Can we really temporize that the mob was just letting off steam? Should disregard their own insistence that they were acting upon Trump’s orders?