In March 2021, less than three months after?the January 6 attack on the Capitol, Donald Trump was asked about the matter of his supporters chanting “Hang Mike Pence” as they stormed the building. Obviously, this presented an opportunity for the ex-president to disavow the violence of that day in general as well as the threats of violence that had been directed at his VP in particular. But rather than take that opportunity, the former guy defended?the people who had literally called for the vice president to be hanged, claiming, incredibly, that it was “common sense” for them to threaten Pence’s life over his failure to overturn the election results. And on Monday, we learned that he wasn’t just fine with said threats; he was allegedly cheering them on from afar.?
Opening her interview with Cassidy Hutchinson last night, Rachel Maddow read an excerpt from the former White House aide’s new book, in which Hutchinson recounts a hugely disturbing moment on January 6:?
During her testimony before the January 6 committee in June 2022, Hutchinson told the panel, “I remember Pat [Cipollone, the White House counsel] saying something to the effect of, ‘Mark, we need to do something more. They’re literally calling for the vice president to be fucking hung.’?And Mark had responded something to the effect of, ‘You heard him, Pat. He thinks Mike deserves it. He doesn’t think they’re doing anything wrong.’?To which Pat said something like, ‘This is fucking crazy. We need to be doing something more.’”
But this appears to be the first time we’ve heard that Trump was chanting about hanging Pence while at his perch in the White House. (A year after the attack, former?White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, who also served as chief of staff to the first lady,?told CNN that as Trump “gleefully” watched the insurrection unfold on TV, he happily remarked on “all of the people fighting for me” and hit rewind to watch it again.)