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Mike Pence says the January 6 insurrection, where rioters attacked him and Congress, is being used to 'demean' Trump supporters

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Mike Pence
Vice President Mike Pence on January 3. Scott J. Applewhite/AP
  • Mike Pence accused the media of covering the January 6 insurrection to "demean" all Trump voters.

  • "The media wants to distract from the Biden administration's failed agenda," Pence told Fox News.

  • The January 6 insurrection was waged by pro-Trump rioters targeting Congress and Pence.

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Former Vice President Mike Pence accused the media of covering the January 6 insurrection, a violent attack on Congress and on him personally, to "distract" from the Biden administration and "demean" all Trump voters.

"I know the media wants to distract from the Biden administration's failed agenda by focusing on one day in January," Pence said in a Monday night interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity.

"They want to use that one day to try and demean the character and intentions of 74 million Americans who believed we could be strong again and prosperous again and supported our administration in 2016 and 2020," he added.

"For our part, I truly believe we ought to remain completely focused on the future, and that's where I'm focused," Pence said in what may have been a nod to his 2024 presidential aspirations.

During the insurrection, rioters waged an attack on Congress and on Pence to try and stop them from counting President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College votes and affirming President Donald Trump's election loss, with some rioters chanting "hang Mike Pence" after Trump posted numerous tweets attacking Pence.

Bob Woodward and Robert Costa's book "Peril" describes how far Trump and his allies took their pressure campaign to get Pence to singularly try to overturn Biden's 306-232 Electoral College victory, which he did not have the power to do, and how seriously Pence considered some of their ploys.

The authors were first to report on the existence of a memo from the legal scholar John Eastman, which was obtained by Insider and other outlets and outlined an outlandish ploy for Pence to throw out the prevailing laws governing the electoral counting process and try to install Trump in a second term.

Pence now has a difficult balance to strike between differentiating himself from Trump, while not alienating Trump's supporters, as he eyes a 2024 presidential run.

Last month, for example, Pence told a Democratic undercover operative who posed as a Capitol rioter and secretly filmed the encounter that he "loved her heart" after he explained why he couldn't reverse Biden's victory.

A House select committee is conducting a wide-ranging investigation on the January 6 insurrection and the circumstances leading up to it, including the pressure efforts targeting Pence.

"It's an important part of the historical record to determine how close Trump actually came to achieving his scheme of getting Pence to declare unilateral power to reject Electoral College votes," Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin recently told The Washington Post.

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