- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 27, 2021

MSNBC co-host Joe Scarborough said Wednesday morning that former Vice President Mike Pence is “in fear for his life” because of former President Donald Trump’s actions leading up to the U.S. Capitol riot.

During “Morning Joe,” Mr. Scarborough slammed Senate Republicans who are treating the former president’s impeachment trial over the riot as “just another Trump fight.”

“You have people in your midst that actually may have been involved in all this,” he alleged of Republican lawmakers. “They certainly were cheering it on.”

“We’re now talking about a movement and a president that inspired people to come to Capitol Hill to try to kill, their words not mine, the vice president of the United States and the speaker of the House,” he continued. “And guess what? Mike Pence is now in Indiana because of Trump, trying to lay low, because there are people now who have him on their hit list because of Donald Trump — not because of Don Lemon, not because of Rachel Maddow, not because of Jake Tapper, not because of The New York Times editorial page, not because of The Washington Post. Mike Pence is in fear for his life because of Donald J. Trump.”

Mr. Scarborough was likely referring to video footage of the Jan. 6 riot showing Trump supporters chanting “hang Mike Pence” while breaching the Capitol. Mr. Trump was impeached by the House for a second time after being accused of inciting insurrection. On Tuesday, 45 Senate Republicans voted to dismiss it.



Mr. Scarborough said those Republicans, like Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, are “doing themselves, doing their party, doing America a grave disservice, because this kind of terrorism has to be stamped out.”

“What if Ted Cruz just said after 9/11 … ‘Let’s just forget about it?’ the co-host continued. “Forget?! Forget?! You’re out of your mind and you’re not a conservative. That’s how conservatives do not talk! We don’t forget. If you attack our country, we go after you, we jail you, we throw away the key!”

“I say never, never forget!” he added.

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