While speaking to legislators in the state of Indiana, former Vice President Mike Pence once again distanced himself from President Trump.
Pence told the group of legislators, “The Georgia election was not stolen and I had no right to overturn the election on January 6.”
Pence’s comments come as Trump is being indicted in the state of Georgia over his comments stating the 2020 election was rigged.
Here’s the moment Pence said it:
Mike Pence is spineless:
“The Georgia election was not stolen and I had no right to overturn the election on January 6.” pic.twitter.com/nF1yDH2fLb
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) August 16, 2023
Per USA Today:
Former Vice President Mike Pence doubled down on his image of being the traditional, steady conservative in the rambunctious Republican presidential primary, speaking to hundreds of legislators Wednesday morning in Indianapolis almost exclusively about his plan to what he called restore states’ rights if elected president in 2024.
But he also reiterated what he’s now said publicly many times on former President Donald Trump’s indictments, this time wrapping in the latest indictment out of Georgia alleging a conspiracy to overturn the election results there in 2020.
“The Georgia election was not stolen and I had no right to overturn the election on Jan. 6,” Pence said.
“Despite what the former president and his allies have said…the Georgia election was not stolen and I had no right to overturn the election on January 6th. It’s a hard truth.”
(Video: MSNBC) pic.twitter.com/9dRodkFAoE
— Republicans against Trump (@RpsAgainstTrump) August 16, 2023
Here’s what ABC News reported:
Mike Pence on Wednesday, in his first reaction to Donald Trump’s latest indictment — charges Trump denies — said the 2020 election in Georgia was not stolen and that the American people should be told “the truth,” drawing a further contrast between himself and his former running mate over the fallout from the last presidential race as he challenges Trump for the 2024 GOP nomination.
“Now this week comes another indictment regarding the former president’s conduct in the days leading up to the close of our administration. I’ve said many times: I had hoped the judgment about those days will be left to the American people and to history. Such is not the case,” Pence told a group of Republican state lawmakers at the National Conference of State Legislatures Summit in Indianapolis.
While Pence offered his standard line that Trump is entitled to the “presumption of innocence” in his four criminal cases, Pence forcefully rejected Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
Pence’s latest comments will likely make him slip even further in the 2024 Republican presidential nominee polls.