Pence Attacks Trump

( – On Sunday,  former Vice President Mike Pence criticized Donald Trump over accusations that Trump tried to overturn the 2020 election while also justifying his role in preventing such an outcome.

While campaigning in New Hampshire and appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Pence stated, “What I want the American people to know is that President Trump was wrong then and wrong now. I had no right to overturn the election.” He added, “By God’s grace, I did my duty under the Constitution of the United States, and I always will.”

Pence, supported by Congress, affirmed President Biden’s victory in the 2020 election against Trump’s objections.

His Sunday reproach of Trump echoes remarks he made the previous week, following the 77-year-old Trump’s indictment on four counts linked to his alleged maneuvers to retain power and reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Prosecutors accuse Trump of illegally backing a plan to present false electors and pressuring Pence and several state officials to reject Biden’s win. As per the indictment, Trump referred to Pence as being “too honest.”

Pence tweeted on Tuesday that the indictment was a significant reminder that “anyone who puts himself over the Constitution should never be President of the United States.”

Trump denied the allegations and entered a plea of not guilty in a Washington, DC, federal court last Thursday.

When asked on Sunday, Pence mentioned he didn’t remember Trump ever conceding the election loss. He shared, “I do know what he and his lawyers asked me to do, and it’s what no vice president in American history had ever done before, and frankly no vice president or any one person in Washington should do … The presidency belongs to the American people.” He emphasized that the power to reverse elections was not bestowed upon any single individual by the founders and that he stood firm on that principle.

Pence disclosed that he doesn’t intend to testify at Trump’s trial but stated that he had already testified under subpoena to the grand jury and would obey the law’s requirements.

John Lauro, Trump’s attorney for the 2020 election case, argued that Pence’s testimony could potentially clear his former boss of the charges. Lauro declared to ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday, “Mike Pence will be one of our best witnesses at trial.”

During the CNN interview, Pence sidestepped a question about whether he would back Trump if he won the 2024 Republican nomination. “It’s awfully early here,” he commented, adding he felt it was premature to make that decision and expressed confidence that he would support the GOP’s candidate, especially if it were himself.