Trump to Pence: ‘You either go down in history as patriot or p***y’
President Donald Trump used foul language to rebuke Vice President Mike Pence shortly before the mob attack on Capital last week, it has been revealed.
Addressing the Vice President, Trump had told him: ‘You can either go down in history as a patriot or a p***y’ after the later failed to carry out his order to disrupt the presidential election results being confirmed by lawmakers.
The president had cursed out in a furious phone call demanding that Pence overthrow the presidential election results.
On January 6, hours before a mob loyal to Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol as Pence presided over a joint session of Congress, Trump called the latter’s residence with a final, desperate plea, according to reports.
‘You can either go down in history as a patriot, or you can go down in history as a p***y,’ Trump had warned Pence on the call, said two people briefed on the conversation.
Pence, who had remained a quiet and loyal No. 2 throughout Trump’s term, was finally at the breaking point.
He likely realized that his refusal to go along with Trump’s illegal plan would cost him politically with Trump’s base and scuttle any chance of a future presidential bid.
For days, Trump had been pressuring Pence to intervene in Congress and block the certification of the Electoral College vote naming Democrat Joe Biden as the next president.
After his flurry of election lawsuits were all thrown out, somehow Trump came to believe that Pence had the power to select the next president.
Pence’s counsel, Greg Jacob, researched the matter and concluded the vice president had no such authority.
But Trump continued to press the matter, and Pence sought further outside counsel from John Yoo, a conservative legal scholar at the University of California at Berkeley who served in George W. Bush’s administration.
On January 5, Trump harried Pence in a string of encounters, including one meeting that lasted more than an hour, sources told the Times.
Lawyers present in the meeting tried to convince Trump that Pence had no power to overthrow the election.
On the morning of January 6, Pence’s personal attorney called J. Michael Luttig, a conservative former appeals court judge, and asked him to write his opinion about Pence’s ability to intervene.
Luttig quickly shared his opinion that Pence had no such ability.
He, Pence, cited it in a public letter shortly before the joint session of Congress convened, saying he would not intervene in the election.
[Additional report by DailyMail]