Donald Trump Bullied Mike Pence With All-Too-Familiar Word Before Capitol Riot: NYT
Donald Trump went to the school yard to harass Mike Pence before the vice president was supposed to monitor the electoral college vote, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
"You can either go down in history as a patriot or you can go down in history as a pussy," Trump told Pence in a final pitch that put pressure on the vice president to choose because of the fallacy that a veep has power to rush to it, according to the Times, which cited two unnamed sources.
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Pence defied Trump and asked the president to beat him up in an incendiary speech that helped spark the Capitol uprising. Some of the pro-Trump insurgents shouted "hang pence," the video showed.
Pence, who led the Senate vote when the extremists stormed the Capitol, was taken to the basement with his family. Trump didn't call to check his safety, nor did he discourage the rioters from attacking the Veep, according to NBC News.
Pence refused to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office on Tuesday, days before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. But his rift with the President seems to exist.
He was invited to a meeting with Trump in the west wing on Monday.
“The official description of the hour-long conversation was 'good'; The unofficial description was "not substantial" and "stilted," the Times wrote.
Trump, of course, used the word "pussy" in a tape that leaked just before the 2016 election. He was caught bragging to Access Hollywood's Billy Bush that he could use his celebrity to grab women by the genitals.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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