Vice President Mike Pence has declared that history will ultimately hold President Donald Trump accountable for his refusal to accept the 2020 election results.
In an interview with CBS News, Pence said that Trump's legacy will be remembered for his refusal to accept the election results, a move that has been widely condemned by political commentators, historians and members of the public alike.
“I think history will judge President Trump very favorably,” Pence said. “But I also think history will judge all of us accountable for how we conduct ourselves and the decisions we make in difficult times.”
The Vice President also discussed his own role in the election process, saying that he had personally urged Trump to accept the election results and move forward.
“It was my recommendation that he accept the results of the election, and I still believe that was the right thing to do,” Pence said.
Meanwhile, Trump has continued to deny the election results, even going so far as to make false claims about widespread voter fraud. He has also refused to concede, despite the fact that the Electoral College has officially declared Joe Biden the winner of the election.
Pence's comments come amid a growing chorus of criticism from both Republicans and Democrats about Trump's refusal to accept the election results. The former vice president is the latest in a string of prominent Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, to condemn Trump's refusal to accept the election results.
Ultimately, Pence said that he believes it is important for the nation to move forward and for the Trump administration to focus on the issues at hand.
“I think it's time for us to come together and move forward,” Pence said. “We have a lot of work to do and a lot of important decisions to make. It's time to put this election behind us and focus on the future.”