Pence says Trump's 'reckless' rhetoric on Jan. 6 'endangered me and my family'

His interview came ahead of the release of his memoir "So Help Me God," scheduled for Tuesday.

Updated: November 14, 2022 - 9:36am

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    Former Vice President Mike Pence says former President Trump's "reckless" rhetoric on Jan. 6, 2021, "endangered" him, his family and everyone else in the Capitol building during the riot that day.

    "The president's words were reckless. It was clear he decided to be part of the problem," Pence said in interview with ABC's "World News Tonight."

    The network aired a clip of the interview Sunday, ahead of the full interview set to air Monday and the release of Pence's memoir scheduled for Tuesday.

    "The president's words that day at the rally endangered me and my family and everyone at the Capitol building," Pence said, referring to the "Stop the Steal" rally before the Capitol riot that sent him, his family and members of Congress into lockdown.

    Pence said that at the time: "I turned to my daughter, who was standing nearby, and I said, 'It doesn't take courage to break the law. It takes courage to uphold the law.'"

    Pence's memoir is titled "So Help Me God. He is considered a possible 2024 GOP presidential candidate, and the publication date of the book is set for the same day Trump is expected to announce he'll run again for president in 2024.