Pence Targets Trump, Carlson At Gridiron Dinner; Praises Media

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 03/12/2023
In his remarks Saturday at the annual Gridiron Club Dinner, former vice president Mike Pence avoided mentioning Tucker Carlson by saying only that what happened on January 6 "was a disgrace, and it mocks dignity to present it in any other way."

It was also evident what he meant when he asserted that former president Donald Trump will be held responsible for that particular day in history.

The Gridiron event brings together politicians and journalists for an evening of teasing and ripping one another in an untelevised, white tie event that is physically informal but sartorially formal. Nevertheless, according to sources from the occasion, Pence put a stop to the humor to vent his rage at Trump and others about what transpired on January 6, 2021 and subsequently.

In reaction to Tucker Carlson's most recent coverage of that day, Pence stated that it is untrue and immoral to characterize the incidents as simply tourist attractions.

140 police officers are not hurt by tourists while they are exploring. Visitors do not force doors open to get access to the Speaker of the House. or make threats to public servants. The American people have a right to know what transpired on January 6 at the Capitol. I anticipate that Fourth Estate employees will continue to perform their duties, he stated. "Make no mistake, what happened that day was a disgrace, and to present it any other way is to insult dignity."

Without a doubt, what happened that day was a disgrace, and to represent it in any other way would be to mock dignity, he said. Pence explained to Deadline that he had brought up Carlson's portrayal because he was worried about "that narrative taking hold" after the incident.

Even more bluntly, Pence attacked Trump, declaring that he was not frightened for himself but angered at him for the vile remarks his former running mate made throughout the day, which included several threats against Pence and images of him being executed for not annulling the election.

"I was angry but not terrified. Pence stated in his speech that President Trump was incorrect. "I had no right to reverse the election. And that day at the Capitol, his careless comments put my family and everyone else in danger. I'm confident that Donald Trump will be held responsible by history, he said.

Pence criticized Carlson and Trump before praising the media.

"In part because you continued to stay at your station, we were able to remain at our post. Because you continued to report, the American people are aware of what transpired that day, he claimed. "You have my sincere gratitude and I know the gratitude of a grateful nation for all you do to uphold and strengthen this great democracy. I appreciate everything you do to protect freedom.

The event is never broadcast, but the room was packed with reporters who covered the meal and Pence's speech in-depth, including Ted Johnson of Deadline, Kaitlan Collins of CNN, and Alex Leary of the Wall Street Journal.

Trump has not yet responded on Truth Social as of the publication of this article.

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