Bannon’s comments came after Pence publicly defended his refusal to hijack the Electoral College certification process on Jan. 6, 2021, to negate Joe Biden’s victory. Trump was “wrong,” Pence said, to insist that a vice president has the power to single-handedly toss election results.
On his “War Room” podcast, Bannon unloaded on Pence. “You’re going to carry this thing eventually to your grave, okay? Because it is a mark of shame.”
Bannon also called Pence a “stone-cold coward” — twice — for upholding his oath of office and the Constitution in the face of a furious Trump and a mob of Capitol insurrectionists.
“My head’s blowing up here,” he said. “I can’t take Pence.”
Bannon’s choice of words (“to your grave”) was particularly notable given that Jan. 6 insurrectionists called for Pence to be “hanged” for not following Trump’s orders, and constructed a makeshift gallows outside the Capitol.
CNN’s Jim Acosta later called Bannon’s wording “code,” and “essentially a threat” against the former vice president. (Check out the video clip up top.)
Bannon is facing trial this summer on charges of criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Pence’s comments came during a speech in Orlando to hundreds of members of the conservative Federalist Society, a week after Trump offered possible pardons to Jan. 6 insurrectionists in the event he’s reelected — while also calling for Pence to be “investigated.”
“The presidency belongs to the American people, and the American people alone,” Pence said. “Frankly, there is no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president.”