Pence’s former top aide said that Trump is ‘encouraging’ violence on the day Congress votes to seal the 2020 presidential election results

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Supporters of President Donald Trump participate in the Million MAGA March to protest the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in front of the US Supreme Court on December 12, 2020 in Washington, DC.
  • A former top aide to Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday she was "very concerned" that there would be violence on January 6 "because the president himself is encouraging it."
  • January 6 is the day Congress is scheduled to meet to finalize the 2020 presidential election results formally.
  • "This is what he does. He tweets, he incites it, and he gets followers and supporters to behave in this manner, and they believe they are being patriots because they're supporting the president," Olivia Troye, who became a Trump critic after leaving the White House in August, told MSNBC.
  • Trump previously promised his supporters there would be a "wild" rally in the capital on the day of the Congress vote.
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A former top aide to Vice President Mike Pence warned on Monday that she feared violence could erupt in Washington DC on January 6, the day Congress is scheduled to meet to finalize the 2020 presidential election results formally.

Olivia Troye, who has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration ever since leaving the White House in August, told MSNBC, on Monday, that she was "very concerned" that there would be violence on the day "because the president himself is encouraging it."

"This is what he does. He tweets, he incites it, and he gets followers and supporters to behave in this manner, and they believe they are being patriots because they're supporting the president," she said, according to MSNBC.

"In terms of his legacy, this is a president who calls himself the president of law and order, and we have seen anything but that," Troye continued. "We had a bombing on Christmas Day, we have had protests in the streets, this is all out of control. If that's the legacy he wants, he certainly has it." 

Earlier this month, Trump - who has still not formally conceded to President-elect Biden - promised his supporters there would be a "wild" rally in the capital on the day of the Congress vote.

Businesses in downtown DC have already announced that they will be shutting their doors on the day out of concern for their staff and guests. 

"While we cannot control what happens outside of the hotel, we are taking additional steps to protect the safety of our visitors, guests, and employees," Hotel Harrington said on Facebook, according to the Independent.

The hotel is popular among Trump supporters and far-right group Proud Boys.

Olivia Troye, Vice President Mike Pence's former homeland security, counterterrorism, and coronavirus adviser
Olivia Troye, former aide to Vice President Mike Pence.

Troye, who endorsed President-elect Joe Biden in the November election, was Pence's former homeland security, counterterrorism, and coronavirus adviser. She has previously slammed Trump's pandemic response. 

The January 6 Congress vote is considered a formality in which members of the Senate and House approve the long-decided count of electoral votes.

Trump lost to Joe Biden by 306 electoral votes to 232, a result confirmed by the Electoral College on December 14.

Several Republican lawmakers, including Alabama congressman Mo Brooks and Representative-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, have already said they intend to challenge the results, citing baseless voter fraud claims.

Trump has refused to concede to Biden, repeatedly pushing baseless claims challenging the integrity of the result. He told aides earlier this month that he might refuse to leave the White House on inauguration day, according to CNN.

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