0n Wednesday night, Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) told reporters that he spoke to Donald Trump as rioters closed in on the Senate and he informed Trump that security had evacuated former Vice President Mike Pence from the Senate chamber.
“I said ‘Mr. President, they just took the vice president out, I’ve got to go,’” Tuberville told reporters.
The call between Tuberville and Trump was previously reported, but the fact that Tuberville informed the president of ’Pence’s evacuation was not publicly known and it had not been clear when Trump learned what kind of danger Pence was in.
The call came just before Trump tweeted about Pence, according to the Huffington Post.
‘Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution,’ he wrote.
The rioters were aware of Trump’s tweet and engaged in chants of “Hang Mike Pence” and even erected makeshift gallows outside.
At no time did Donald Trump call his vice president to check on his safety and wellbeing.
Trump supporters have argued that the former president did not incite the mob that attacked the Capitol, but, as impeachment managers presented yesterday, Trump had begun before the election telling his supporters that the only way he could lose was through massive voter fraud. After the election he ramped up his spurious accusations of widespread voter fraud claiming that voting machines changed votes, suitcases of fake ballots were brought into election facilities, that postal workers were backdating ballots and thousands of dead people voted in the election and they voted for Biden. Then on the day of the riot, he urged his supporters to march to the Capitol and “fight like hell.”
While the attack was happening many of Trump’s supporters were pleading for him to call off the attack, but the release of a voicemail recording of Rudy Giuliani that was intended for Tuberville, but sent to Mike Lee instead, showed that the only thing on Trump’s mind was the attempted theft of the election as Giuliani urged Tuberville to object to the results of every state when the Congress convened to continue with the certification of the election results.