Trump says Pence 'mortally wounded' in GOP because of actions on Jan. 6

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE said this weekend that former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePences' pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo, dies Pence says both Capitol riot and nixing filibuster are a 'power grab' McCarthy says he won't cooperate with 'illegitimate' Jan. 6 probe MORE has been "mortally wounded" by allowing the congressional certification of the 2020 election results.

"I was disappointed in one thing, but it was a big thing," Trump said during a ticketed event in Sunrise, Fla., on Saturday, according to CNN.

"Mike should have sent those crooked votes back to the legislatures and you would have had a different result in the election, in my opinion," the former president told the audience at the stop on Bill O'Reilly's "History Tour."


Trump implied that Pence wouldn't get support from voters because of his alleged inaction on Jan. 6.

"I think Mike has been very badly hurt by what took place in respect to January 6. I think he's been mortally wounded, frankly, because I see the reaction he's getting from people," Trump added, per CNN.

Pence has recently fueled speculation about a 2024 presidential run, making several campaign-style stops in the crucial primary state of New Hampshire. 

Pence affirmed the 2020 election results despite calls from Trump and his supporters to block the certification. Pence has repeatedly stated that he did not have the constitutional authority to reject or return state-certified electoral votes.

During the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, some rioters were heard chanting, "Hang Mike Pence," for his role in certifying President BidenJoe BidenMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures US raises concerns about Russian troop movements to Belarus Putin tests a model for invading Ukraine, outwitting Biden's diplomats MORE's win. Pence was removed from the Senate soon after the Capitol was breached. 

Pence said in December that he believes he “did the right thing” when he certified the results of the 2020 presidential election in January.


Pence did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.

Trump did not answer on Saturday when asked by O'Reilly if he would pick Pence as his running mate if he were to run in 2024.

"I don't love this question because there are a lot of them," Trump said, suggesting that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems barrel towards voting rights vote with no outcome The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Voting rights week for Democrats (again) Trump-DeSantis tensions ratchet up MORE (R) "would be good" as well.