Former Vice President Mike Pence appeared on Wednesday to reference the rebellion on the Capitol, saying that conservatives should hold their oath to the Constitution “even when it hurts.”
Pence spoke on the convocation ceremony for Liberty University, the evangelical Christian faculty that has been embroiled in controversy the previous a number of years resulting from its dealing with of intercourse assault instances and its disgraced former president and chancellor.
“As constitutional conservatives, the American people must know that we will always keep our oath to the Constitution, even when it would be politically expedient to do otherwise,” Pence told Liberty students in Lynchburg, Virginia. “We must, as the Bible says in Psalm 15, be prepared to keep our oath even when it hurts.”
The former vice chairman’s feedback appeared to reference Jan. 6, 2021, the place former President Donald Trump incited his followers to violently storm the Capitol and cease Pence and members of Congress from certifying the 2020 election by any means potential. Despite Trump and his followers pushing the harmful lie that the election was stolen from the previous president, Pence continued his constitutional responsibility of certifying the outcomes for President Joe Biden.
“You know, I think there’s a common misperception in your generation as well that adversity creates character. Well, I have a different view,” Pence mentioned on Wednesday. “I mean, the way you all put it is, ‘Whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.’ Well, I think whatever doesn’t kill you, just didn’t kill you.
“Adversity doesn’t create character, adversity reveals character. When the hard times come, when your convictions are tested, you will be in that moment the man or woman you had been preparing to be on every quiet day before.”
Trump had publicly pressured Pence into declaring him the winner throughout the certification ceremony, regardless of the previous president having lost the election. The former vice chairman was then pressured by Trump in a closing telephone name the morning of Jan. 6, simply earlier than the previous president went to the Ellipse and delivered a speech containing lies that Pence had the flexibility to declare him the winner.
Just hours after Pence publicly declined to comply with Trump’s orders that day, the previous president tweeted that his vice chairman “didn’t have the courage” to do what was essential to hold him in energy — additional angering the violent mob that had already breached the Capitol.
According to the House Jan. 6 committee, members of the Proud Boys — a pro-Trump neofascist group — have been ready to homicide Pence on the day of the electoral certification. Rioters have been recorded outdoors the Capitol chanting, “Hang Mike Pence!” and constructing a mock gallows. At one level, members of the mob have been solely 40 toes away from Pence as he and his workers fled to a hiding place.
Last month, Pence mentioned he’d “consider” testifying earlier than the Jan. 6 committee if he have been invited. Top aides to the previous vice chairman have already appeared below oath earlier than the committee.
Wednesday’s speech was not the primary time Pence used euphemistic language when referring to the rebellion. Just a mile from the place Trump’s mob wished to hold him, Pence gave a speech in July that failed to say the coup try or the violence directed at him by the previous president. Pence, who is predicted to run for president in 2024, centered his remarks — very similar to he did on Wednesday — on common Republican speaking factors like inflation, border safety, ladies’s sports activities and so-called vital race concept.