CNN host Jake Tapper lambasted former Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday, accusing him of soft-peddling his disagreements with former President Donald Trump over events that occurred — and did not occur — on Jan. 6.
At the same time, the CNN host unloaded on the former president without using his name, calling Trump “a delusional man.”
Tapper’s remarks come amid ongoing speculation that Trump may make another bid for the White House in 2024 and after Pence spoke to Republicans Thursday at the annual Hillsborough County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner in Manchester, N.H.
In his speech, Pence said he and the former president have spoken several times since both left office, but that they don’t agree on the former vice president’s role in counting electoral ballots, which was delayed after supporters of the president stormed the U.S. Capitol Building.
Trump said in a speech the morning of Jan. 6 that he believes Pence should not count ballots from disputed states, but Pence has said in response on several occasions that he believes his duty to count them as laid out in the U.S. Constitution was clear.
“I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye-to-eye on that day,” Pence told Lincoln-Reagan Dinner attendees. “But I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years.”
In pushing back on Pence’s comments, Tapper first gave his version of what happened Jan. 6.
“There was a very real fear that day for Mike Pence’s life and the lives of his family members. And yet not only did President Trump not reach out to his loyal vice president that day to make sure that he was okay, Trump praised the mob. An event where a mob tried to lynch you is not something any rational person would agree to disagree with anyone on,” he said, though federal prosecutors early on rescinded claims that rioters sought to capture and harm elected officials.
And, like other left-leaning media figures, Tapper falsely referred to the Capitol incident as an “insurrection;” thus far, none of the hundreds of people arrested for taking part in the riot so far have been charged with sedition or insurrection-like crimes.
But, continuing, Tapper bashed Pence for allegedly downplaying his disagreement with Trump so he could continue to thrive in the former president’s “deranged” universe.
The CNN host then mentioned the unsubstantiated “reinstatement” conspiracy theory which was first mentioned by New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman last week in which Trump is supposedly informing confidants he expects to be back in the White House by August after a series of ballot audits find the election was stolen.
Tapper went on to cite another New York Times report from this weekend claiming that former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows asked the acting attorney general to investigate vote fraud allegations including reports that Italy may have somehow changed votes via satellite, before going on to question what might happen if the GOP retakes control of Congress and the White House in 2024.
“Do you think that [Kevin] McCarthy, [Steve] Scalise, and [Elise] Stefanik will stand up for democracy and the U.S. Constitution, or will they do what Mike Pence did this week — bend to the will of a delusional man living in a fantasy world?
“Because you know what? You can’t ‘agree to disagree’ about the threat to the life of Mike Pence. You can’t ‘agree to disagree’ on the threat to the life of American democracy.”
In his speech last week, Pence vowed to continue pushing back on the left’s Jan. 6 narratives while calling for the GOP to unify.
“I will not allow Democrats or their allies in the media to use one tragic day to discredit the aspirations of millions of Americans or allow Democrats or their allies in the media to distract our attention from a new administration intent on dividing our country to advance their radical agenda,” he said.
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