Letter: Rep. Greg Pence’s positions on Jan. 6 are baffling

From: Ronald Wilkinson


Blood is thicker than water, relatively, but Rep. Greg Pence doesn’t seem to believe that’s true. He voted against holding former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress after he stopped cooperating with the Jan. 6 committee investigating the Capitol insurrection. It baffles me why he would want to protect the people who wanted to do bodily harm to his brother — then Vice-President Mike Pence — hang him to be precise.

It seems that Greg Pence is more interested in pleasing former President Donald Trump and Trump supporters who elected him to Congress, than he is in protecting America’s democracy, for which he took a congressional oath.

After Trump gave his army of insurrectionists its marching order to attack the U.S. Capitol, as he stood on the Ellipse, he then went inside the White House, where he watched the storming of the Capitol, while ignoring pleas from people close to him to call off the attack.

Some of the insurrectionists, once inside the Capitol, chanted “find Mike Pence, hang Mike Pence.” A crude hanging gallows had been hastily built in front of the Capitol, by the insurrectionists, for that purpose — evidence that this was no spur-of-the-moment attack, but a well-coordinated, planned attack, which I suspect included many high-ranking state and federal politicians.

Had the insurrectionists found Mike Pence that day and succeeded in carrying out the hanging, would Greg Pence have voted the same way he did afterward? I am glad we didn’t have to find out.