Trump slams January 6 committee Mike Pence in speech to evangelical Christian groups

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Former President Donald Trump spent most of his 90-minute speech at the Road to Majority conference on Friday, bitterly slamming the House investigation into the violent Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol in 2021, and calling on the Republicans to “investigate” the committee.

“When Republicans regain control of Congress, they should turn the tide on the Democratic show trial and immediately launch a full investigation into the gross abuse of power that took place in the name of January 6,” Trump said.

Trump said the House should subpoena House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but reserved special barbs for Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. And Adam Kinzinger. “He cries every time he speaks. I think he has a mental disorder,” Trump said.

Trump addressed the crowd gathered for the Road to Majority conference at the lavish Gaylord Opryland in Nashville on Friday, speaking after a list of GOP stars like Sens. Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham from South Carolina, Rick Scott from Florida, Joni Ernst from Iowa, and Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee.

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The Jan. 6 committee is investigating the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and alleges that Trump’s insistence on stealing the 2020 election inspired the violent storming of the building as Congress met to certify the votes of the electoral college.

Former President Donald Trump takes the stage to speak at the Road to Majority Conference on Friday, June 17, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Trump denied calling former Vice President Mike Pence a “wimp” for failing to block certification of the 2020 election, as committee investigators alleged during Thursday’s hearing.

‘I never called Mike Pence a wimp,’ Trump said, adding that he only thought ‘Mike Pence had a chance to be great’ but he ‘didn’t have the guts to act’ .

“Mike Pence had no choice but to be a human treadmill,” Trump said.

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Trump’s Attorney General Bill Barr also failed to act, according to the former president, over fears of impeachment. “Bill Barr was scared of some things, and you know what it was: ‘Don’t impeach me!'”

The Jan. 6 committee co-chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, said Thursday that Pence showed courage in resisting Trump’s desire to stop certification.

“When Mike Pence made it clear that he would not give in to Donald Trump’s scheme. Donald Trump turned the crowd against him – a crowd that chanted Hang Mike Pence. A crowd that had built a hangman’s gallows just outside of the Capitol,” Thompson said.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Road to Majority Conference Friday, June 17, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Road to Majority Conference Friday, June 17, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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Trump, who calls the Jan. 6 Committee the “deselection committee” and claimed it was as much a hoax as the Russia investigation, which he says has been “totally debunked.”

Organized by the Faith and Freedom Coalition – a public advocacy group founded over a decade ago by Ralph Reed, a well-known and seasoned political consultant who led the Christian Coalition in the 1990s – the Road to Majority attracts every year thousands of Republican and Conservative leadersevangelical strategists, activists and voters to advance social-conservative principles in American politics.

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The Faith and Freedom Coalition touts their rally as “the nation’s premier pro-religious, pro-family event” and states that “this annual conference is designed to empower conservative activists to fight for their values ​​at the ballot box and in the public arena and to equip participants with the knowledge and connections they need to drive engagement and voter turnout.”

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