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Pence Says He Is "proud" Of His Role In Certifying The 2020 Election In His Departure From Trump's World.
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Pence Says He Is "proud" Of His Role In Certifying The 2020 Election In His Departure From Trump's World.

Former Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that he was "proud" of his role in certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election on Jan. 6, after supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol in an attempt to prevent the Electoral College process from concluding.

Pence made the remarks at an event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, on Thursday night, departing sharply from Trump's rhetoric, which has continued to deny that he lost the popular vote by more than 7 million votes and the Electoral College tally by 306 to 232.

“I will always be proud that we did our part on that tragic day to reconvene Congress and fulfill our duty under the Constitution and the laws of the United States,” Pence said as part of a series of talks with prominent Republicans, according to the Los Angeles Times.

His remarks come amid the ongoing fallout from the Jan. 6 attack, which saw enraged Trump supporters storm the halls of Congress, some of whom were heard chanting threats such as "Hang Mike Pence." Trump spent the weeks following his 2020 election defeat claiming, without evidence, that widespread voter fraud cost him the election.

That message has stuck with Trump voters, and the former vice president was heckled as he took the stage earlier this month at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's annual conference, with some attendees calling him a "traitor."

Although Trump has strongly hinted that he is still interested in the White House, Pence is seen as a likely candidate for the Republican nomination in 2024 to challenge President Joe Biden. The former president has maintained a firm grip on the GOP despite his defeat, and many of Pence's talking points on Thursday were key features of the Trump administration.

Pence, on the other hand, has distanced himself from Trump in recent weeks, saying earlier this month that he wasn't sure they'd ever see "eye to eye" on the events surrounding the insurgency, a rare break after the former vice president spent years as a staunch supporter of his boss.

“As I said that day, Jan. 6 was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol, but thanks to the swift action of Capitol Police and federal law enforcement, violence was quelled,” Pence said at the time at a Republican dinner. “You know, President Trump and I have spoken many times since we left office. And I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye on that day.”

Pence said on Thursday that he understood Trump supporters were disappointed with the 2020 election results, but he urged Republicans to support the nation's institutions.

“I understand the disappointment many people feel about the last election,” Pence said, “but there is more at stake than our party and our political fortunes right now; if we lose faith in the Constitution, we will lose our country, not just elections.”

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