FORMER Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged his split from Donald Trump during the January 6 insurrection for the first time since he left the White House – but fell short of blaming the former president for inciting the violence.
Speaking to about 360 Republicans in New Hampshire on Thursday night, Pence said he will likely never "see eye to eye" with Trump regarding the January 6 insurrection that almost got him killed.
"As I said that day, Jan. 6 was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol," Pence said at the Hillsborough County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner.
"You know, President Trump and I have spoken many times since we left office, and I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye about that day," he continued.
"But I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years."
Following the remarks, Pence received a standing ovation. He went on to ask Republicans not to let the events of that day divide the party.
"I will not allow Democrats or their allies in the media to use one tragic day to discredit the aspirations of millions of Americans," he said.
"Or allow Democrats or their allies in the media to distract our attention from a new administration intent on further dividing our country to advance their radical agenda," the former vice president went on.
"My fellow Republicans, for our country, our future, our children and our grandchildren, we must move forward, united."
Pence's remarks at the Republican club were his most detailed discussion of the events that unfolded on January 6 – but he still fell short of pointing fingers at his former boss.
Trump was accused of inciting violence after he told his supporters to "fight like hell" on January 6, when Pence was in the Senate in a mostly ceremonial process counting Electoral College results.
Trump has not been so forgiving – instead he placed blame on Pence for not rejecting the Electoral College results in the election he lost by over seven million votes.
"Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution," Trump tweeted at 2:24PM that day, just as his supporters rampaged into the Capitol.
Many of them took his cue and chanted "Hang Mike Pence" as they searched the complex for the vice president and other electeds.
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