Pence says Trump ‘demanded that I choose between him and the Constitution’ on Jan. 6

During a speech announcing his run for president in 2024, former Vice President Mike Pence spoke about challenging former President Donald Trump for the nomination. Pence said that on Jan. 6, 2021, Trump “demanded that I choose between him and the Constitution. I chose the Constitution and I always will.”

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MIKE PENCE: Now, given our record, it might be fair to ask why I'm challenging my former running mate. Let me say from my heart, it begins with the promise that I made to the American people and to almighty God. And it ends with different visions for the future, of our nation, and our party.

January 6 was a tragic day in the life of our nation. But thanks to the courage of law enforcement, the violence was quelled, and we reconvened the Congress the very same day to complete the work of the American people under the Constitution of the United States.

As I've said many times, on that fateful day, President Trump's words were reckless-- endangered my family and everyone at the Capitol. But the American people deserve to know that on that day, President Trump also demanded that I choose between him and the Constitution. Now, voters will be faced with the same choice. I chose the Constitution, and I always will.