Pence wastes no time in defending Trump as arrest rumors swirl
Former Vice President Mike Pence came to the defense of the president under whom he served.
Pence came out in defense of former President Donald Trump as reports surfaced that Trump was going to be arrested New York law enforcement this week.
Trump’s former running mate expressed shock at the possible indictment, comparing it to political persecution.
“Like many Americans, I am just overwhelmed,” Pence said.Breitbart News on Saturdayin a radio interview.
Pence lashes out at Manhattan District Attorney again Alvin Bragg for focusing on Trump rather than violent crime in New York.
“You have a big crime wave in New York, especially in New York. You have literally the Democratic Party that literally dismantled the criminal justice system in this city, blew up the NYPD, and the Manhattan District Attorney makes that his top priority,” Pence said of Bragg.
“This smacks of political persecution, which we experienced back in the days of Russia’s mystification and all the impeachment over the phone. And one thing I know for sure: I know that former President Trump can take care of himself.”
Bragg is expected to file charges against Trump over alleged payments to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels. Trump indicated that he expects to be arrested on Tuesday in a Truth Social post on Saturday.
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Pence further clarified that trying to hold Trump accountable is “not what the American people are focused on,” and called for a focus on the economy and the illegal immigration crisis poisoning the southern border of the United States.
“Call them to politicize, but also focus on the real issues facing the American people,” Pence said of Bragg and the Justice Department.
Relations between Trump and Pence soured after the end of their administration.
Pence criticized Trump’s handling of the January 6, 2021 riots, urging Republicans to go beyond Trump in the 2024 presidential primaries.
Pence went so far as to say that Trump’s actions personally endangered to him.
An Indiana Republican warned protesters against using violence in retaliation for Trump’s arrest at a rally in Iowa.
@Mike_Pence on Trump’s call for protests over the drafting of the indictment: “We respect the right of Americans to have their voices heard… But we want to send a message: violence is unacceptable. Anyone who engages in violence will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” pic.twitter.com/t5Lz0SAiPT
— Amanda Rooker KCCI (@ARookerKCCI) March 18, 2023
Trump urged his supporters to protest his possible arrest.
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