Mike Pence says he was guided by founder James Madison and the Bible when he decided to defy Trump and confirm the 2020 election

Former Vice President Mike Pence gestures forward with his open left hand tilted to the side.

Former Vice President Mike Pence said this week that he was guided by James Madison and the Bible when he confirmed the election results in 2020. Sean Rayford / Getty Images

  • Former Vice President Mike Pence said he was looking to James Madison when he confirmed the results of the 2020 election.

  • Pence also quoted a Bible verse when he stressed that he kept his office.

  • “Psalm 15 says he keeps his oath even when it hurts,” Pence said.

Former Vice President Mike Pence said he looked to founder James Madison and the Bible when he decided to defy former President Donald Trump and certify the results of the 2020 election.

Pence spoke at an event for young conservatives at the University of Iowa on Nov. 1. During a question-and-answer section after his speech, an audience member named “Jared” asked Pence to identify who in the White House advised him to “Use President Trump’s plan and confirm the votes.” Jared also suggested that Pence change his mind and decide to certify the votes because he did not want to hurt his future chances of running.

In response, Pence said on January 6 that he looked to James Madison – the fourth president of the United States, known as the “father of the Constitution” – a response that elicited applause from the audience. Pence also denied that he was informed that it would hurt his chances of running for president in future elections if he followed Trump’s plan to overthrow the election result.

Pence then quoted a verse from the Bible that referred to the office he held to defend the Constitution.

“Psalm 15 says he keeps his oath even when it hurts,” Pence said.

Pence added that he had written a letter to Congress in which he expressed his concerns about what he said were voting irregularities in several states.

“I continue to share these concerns, and I support efforts in states to improve voter integrity, as has been done in places like Georgia and Arizona and elsewhere,” Pence said, despite the fact that there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in last year’s election.

“I understand the disappointment of the election. You may remember that I was on the ballot,” Pence added. “But you have to be willing to do your duty. And the time may come that some of you are in that position, or something like that. And I just have a feeling based on the shiny faces I see around here you will be too. men and women who do your duty in that time. “

Many Trump supporters turned against Pence when he broke with Trump and oversaw the certification of the vote count in 2020, even raising makeshift gallows and shouting “hang Mike Pence” during the Capitol riot. The former president also tweeted that Pence did not have “the courage to do what should have been done” while a pro-Trump mob besieged the Capitol building.

In June, Pence said he and Trump may never “see eye to eye” on the events of January 6.

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