Former President Donald Trump defended the Jan. 6 rioters who called for then-Vice President Pence to be hanged, a newly released audio reveals.
The audio excerpt, released by ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl, is from a 90-minute interview Karl conducted with Trump in March of this year.
“Were you worried about him during that siege? Were you worried about his safety?” Karl asks Trump in the clip.
“No, I thought he was well-protected, and I had heard that he was in good shape. No. Because I had heard he was in very good shape. But, but, no, I think…” Trump says before Karl interjects.
“Because you heard those chants — that was terrible. I mean—” Karl says.
“He could have — well, the people were very angry,” Trump says.
“They were saying ‘hang Mike Pence,’” Karl says.
“Because it’s common sense, Jon,” Trump says. “It’s common sense that you’re supposed to protect. How can you — if you know a vote is fraudulent, right? — how can you pass on a fraudulent vote to Congress?”
Karl said that additional excerpts from his interview would be reported during Sunday’s This Week on ABC.