"Whoever puts himself above the Constitution cannot be president"

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"January 6, 2021" - when a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Washington DC Capitol - "was a tragic day in the life of our nation." This was said this Wednesday by the then outgoing vice president and, as head of the Senate, the authority responsible for certifying the vote for the 2020 elections, Mike Pence.

He did so at the public event where he launched his candidacy for the 2024 presidential elections, in open defiance of his former boss and who, on that black day for American democracy, asked him to break the law to annul the certification of voting in the presidential ones, under the false denunciation of an electoral fraud.

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"The reckless words of President Trump" when on that January 6 he encouraged the masses to walk towards the headquarters of Congress "put my family and everyone in the Capitol in danger," continued the new candidate for 2024.

I was not exaggerating. We must remember one of the slogans that the insurgents shouted that day when they violently took over the main parliamentary building in the United States: "Hang Pence!": a cry that forced the police to evacuate Pence and his relatives from the hall of the Congress where they initially took refuge during the assault.

No one who puts himself above the Constitution of the United States should be its president."

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 12, 2022 former US Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a campus lecture hosted by Young Americans for Freedom at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. - Pence said on March 11, 2023 that history would hold former president Donald Trump "accountable" for his role in the 2021 attack on the US Capitol, US media reported. The remarks are likely to widen the rift between the former running mates, who have been at loggerheads since Pence refused to go along with Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results and remain in power. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly / AFP)

Mike PenceFormer US Vice President

"The American people deserve to know that on that fateful day, President Trump also demanded that I choose between him and our Constitution. I chose the Constitution and I always will," he stressed. To sentence: "And no one who puts himself above the Constitution of the United States should never be its president." In addition, he added, "each moment demands a different leadership."

Pence also attacked Trump for his praise of Vladimir Putin, whom he called a genius in the midst of preparing the invasion of Ukraine, and criticized the former president's ambiguity regarding this contest. "I know the difference between a genius and a war criminal. I know the difference between a territorial dispute and an invasion," said the Republican politician.

Trump and others in this race are withdrawing from the anti-abortion cause."

Mike Pence

Pence even accused the former president of laxing in the battle against abortion. “After heading the most pro-life government in American history, Donald Trump and others in this race are withdrawing from the cause of the unborn,” he said. And he declared himself "Christian, Conservative, and Republican, in that order."

In a phrase summarizing his ideas and his electoral platform, the former vice president proclaimed: "We must stand by the Constitution to protect the God-given right to life, we must stand by the Constitution to protect the right to keep and bear arms , we must stand by the Constitution to protect the right to live, work and pray, according to the dictates of our faith and conscience".

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