Pence to Muir: Trump's words on 1/6 'endangered me and my family and everyone at the Capitol'

Former Vice President Mike Pence said in an exclusive interview with ABC's World News Tonight host David Muir that former President Donald Trump's rhetoric was "reckless" when a mob of his supporters ransacked the Capitol last year -- with Pence and others temporarily forced into hiding.
"I mean, the President's words were inconsiderate. It was clear he chose to be part of the problem," Pence told Muir.
Pence said he was "upset" by a tweet from Trump as the riot unfolded, with the former president saying he "didn't have the guts to do what should have been done" after dismissing the pressure had not to confirm incumbent President Joe Biden's 2020 victory.
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"I turned to my daughter, who was standing nearby, and said, 'It doesn't take courage to break the law. It takes courage to uphold the law," Muir said Tuesday in his first television interview since the riot.
In an exclusive interview at the former vice president's Indiana home, Muir Pence also pressed on whether Trump should ever be back in the White House, whether Pence will run for president, whether Trump hurt Republicans in the midterm elections, and what Pence made of the comments of the authorities Secret documents were stolen from the White House.
PHOTO: Former Vice President Mike Pence is interviewed by ABC News' David Muir. (ABC News)
Pence was overseeing Congress' certification of the 2020 Electoral College results on Jan. 6, 2021, when a large crowd, at Trump's urging, marched to the Capitol and then overran security and vandalized the building, sending Pence and congressional lawmakers into lockdown .
"The President's words were reckless and his actions were reckless," he told Muir this week. "The President's words that day at the rally [before the riot] put me and my family and everyone in the Capitol at risk."
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Trump eventually told the rioters to leave, but only after berating Pence for not blocking the certification — which Pence noted he couldn't legally do so — and repeating baseless conspiracy theories about widespread fraud in the 2020 election .
Since leaving office, Pence has praised her administration's policies and broken with Trump over his fixation on the final presidential race.
Pence to Muir: Trump's words on 1/6 "endangered me and my family and everyone in the Capitol" originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

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