Former Vice President Mike Pence said in an exclusive interview with ABC’s “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir that former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric was “reckless” as a mob attacked the U.S. Capitol last year.
“I mean, the president’s words were reckless. It was clear he decided to be part of the problem,” Pence told Muir.
Pence told ABC News he was “angered” over a tweet from Trump as the riot unfolded, when the former president said he “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done.”
“I turned to my daughter, who was standing nearby, and I said, ‘It doesn’t take courage to break the law. It takes courage to uphold the law,'” Pence, who is releasing the memoir “So Help Me God” on Tuesday, told Muir in his first network TV interview since the insurrection.
WATCH: Former Vice President Pence on Trump tweeting he 'didn't have courage' on Jan. 6:— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 14, 2022
"It angered me. […] It doesn't take courage to break the law. It takes courage to uphold the law. The president's words were reckless."pic.twitter.com/GQ8vvZgzVo