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Commentary By Jason L. Riley

Mike Pence Takes the First Swing at Donald Trump

GOP hopefuls have largely ignored the former president, but to ensure victory they must attack.

Mike Pence spent four years being Donald Trump’s yes man. That changed on Jan. 6, 2021, when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s victory and chanted, “Hang Mike Pence.”

Two years later, Mr. Pence is poised to challenge Mr. Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. But unlike some of his potential rivals, the former vice president seems to understand that Mr. Trump must be called out for his transgressions rather than simply ignored. “History will hold Donald Trump accountable,” Mr. Pence said in a speech on Saturday. “Make no mistake about it: What happened that day was a disgrace, and it mocks decency to portray it in any other way. President Trump was wrong. His reckless words endangered my family and everyone at the Capitol that day.”

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Jason L. Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, and a Fox News commentator. Follow him on Twitter here.

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