Vice President Pence expressed anger about President Trump to a Republican senator after the commander-in-chief made him a target of the angry crowds that stormed the Capitol for simply following the Constitutional rules regarding the Electoral College vote certification.
Speaking to Tulsa World after the shocking series of events unfolded Wednesday, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) revealed that he had spoken to the vice president — and that he was furious.
“I’ve known Mike Pence forever. I’ve never seen Pence as angry as he was today,” the Oklahoma Republican told the outlet.
“I had a long conversation with him. He said, ‘After all the things I’ve done for him,’” referring to Trump.
A spokesperson for the vice president did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on the matter.
In his capacity as vice president, Pence was presiding over proceedings to certify the Electoral College results, a process that was expected to see some chaos of its own with House and Senate Republicans objecting to the process in a handful of states.
Members of Congress and the vice president were sheltered in the Capitol complex with gas masks on Wednesday afternoon after hundreds of the president’s supporters overpowered Capitol Police and breached the building.
The chaos included an armed standoff outside the House of Representatives’ chamber and multiple deaths amid the chaos.
The Electoral College went 306-232 for President-elect Biden, but Trump has alleged that widespread fraud tipped the results in must-win swing states.
Courts have rejected those claims, and Trump has refused to concede, though in the aftermath of the riots he pledged a “peaceful transition of power.”
For his part, Pence faced considerable pushback from Trump for declining to challenge certain swing state electoral votes to turn the election in their favor, with the commander-in-chief writing on Twitter midday Wednesday that he “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our County and our Constitution.”
That tweet, along with the president’s entire Twitter account, have been temporarily suspended for his conduct in the wake of the riots.
The criticism hasn’t deterred the vice president, who tweeted in the hours after the attack condemning those who perpetrated it.
“Peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he wrote in a series of tweets.