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Former Vice President Mike Pence said he, his family and everyone in the security of the Capitol were under threat from former President Donald Trump’s “reckless” comments on January 6 last year, marking his latest public criticism of Trump that some Republicans believe. whether Trump’s election denial played a role in the party’s poor mid-term performance.

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in one Excerpt from an interview with ABC News Airing Sunday evening, Pence said he was “outraged” by Trump’s tweet, blaming the former vice president for not having the “courage” to reverse the election results.

As Pence progressed the process of certifying Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election, Trump controversially tweeted: “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done.”

After seeing the tweet, Pence said he turned to his daughter and told her “don’t have the guts to break the law” but it takes courage to keep it.

Pence also denounced Trump’s “reckless” comments and actions at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington hours before the Capitol riots, saying “it was clear that he decided to be part of the problem.”

Pence is releasing his memoir “So Help Me God” on Tuesday, the same day Trump promised a “huge announcement” in what is widely expected to be his formal announcement for the 2024 presidency.

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In his memoir, Pence writes that when he told Trump that he did not have the power under the Constitution to choose which votes to accept or reject, the former president reacted: "You're so honest... Hundreds and thousands of people are going to hate your guts... People are going to think you're an idiot." Pence says he said the same thing once again on January 6, to which Trump responded: "You'll go down as a wimp... if you do, I made a big mistake five years ago !"

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Speaking at a 'Stop the Steel' rally in Washington, hours before the Capitol riots, Trump called out Pence, saying his vice president "is going to come for us." Trump later tweeted about Pence's lack of courage to reverse the election results as thousands of supporters of the former president flocked to the Capitol compound chanting "hang up Mike Pence." The former Vice President eventually had to be moved to a safer place. In the past few days, several other Republican leaders have started Question Trump's influence on the party amid concerns that his electoral denial It may have played a key role in the party's poor mid-term performance.

Trump's words on 1/6 put 'me and my family and everyone in the Capitol at risk' (ABC News)