I am deeply disappointed in my fellow Republicans attacking Vice President Mike Pence. It was an act of great political courage by Pence to defy Trump’s demand that he reject lawfully chosen electors. Pence knows that he may never be President as a result of this action.
There has been no one in politics more loyal to Donald Trump than Pence. But when the chips were down, Pence knew he did not have the authority to reject the electors, and Pence chose to do his constitutional duty. Trump has loyalty to no one but himself, and sees any disagreement on principle as an act of personal betrayal.
This is how a cult leader operates.
The violence at the Capitol Building was an act of domestic terrorism and insurrection and cannot be tolerated. We must be a nation of law and order. Most Republicans opposed this inexcusable violence, as well they should.
Finally, Todd Young stood in the middle of protesters – an act which in hindsight was a severe risk to his own physical safety – and stood up for the rule of law. Young has earned my vote for re-election in 2022 based on that alone. Between Pence and Young, Indiana was represented very well on January 6. I have never been more proud to be a Hoosier.