It didn’t go well.
Pence boasted that the Trump administration didn’t get in any new wars.
“That’s Peace through Strength,” he tweeted:
I’m proud to report with just a few days left in our Administration, our Administration is the first in decades that did not get America into a new war. That’s Peace through Strength. pic.twitter.com/uiSNxi67aT
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) January 18, 2021
But as Pence’s critics quickly pointed out, the Trump administration is currently in a losing battle with the coronavirus, which has sickened nearly 24 million and killed close to 400,000 Americans.
There’s also another issue: Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol earlier this month in a violent and deadly insurrection egged on by the president that turned the halls of Congress into a virtual war zone.
That violence, and the threat of new violence, has led to a massive military presence in Washington, D.C., ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden this week.
Twitter users offered up some corrections to Pence’s claim:
Does someone else want to tell him? Or should I?
We've been at war for 11 days.
And he and Donald Trump cannot leave soon enough. https://t.co/8tAk33JJ1G
— Rochelle Riley (@rochelleriley) January 18, 2021
Instead we killed nearly 400,000 Americans https://t.co/CRgxo5UQbP
— rabia O'chaudry (@rabiasquared) January 18, 2021
They went to war with America https://t.co/8BKQkKtzAs
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) January 18, 2021
— Stephanie Brumsey (@SABrumsey) January 18, 2021
Mike Pence: "This is the first administration in decades not to get America into a new war."
Washington DC last week: pic.twitter.com/xwPl5iBHZG
— JRehling (@JRehling) January 17, 2021
And yet more Americans will have died than in almost any other war in the history of the United States.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) January 18, 2021
You fled Syria and surrendered in Afghanistan. North Korea is stronger. Our allies are thrilled to see you go. China and Russia are on the ascendancy. Hardly a proud legacy.
— John Sipher (@john_sipher) January 18, 2021
— #𝔽𝕣𝕖𝕖𝕕𝔾𝕣𝕖𝕘𝕆𝕟𝕊𝕡𝕠𝕣𝕥𝕤 🌾🏈🎙️ (@GregOnSports) January 18, 2021
Let's forget about the insurrection at the capital last week... https://t.co/y7nay2FzzX
— Vassil Mladjov 💙 (@vassko) January 18, 2021
I’m absolutely disgusted by that statement by @VP
The WAR America has been in since 2020 is with C19 - you all called it a hoax and ignored it. 380 thousand Americans DEAD from this war.
Trump Admin failed to protect Americans during this WAR. That’s your legacy @VP
— Disgusted: Hypocrisy & Lies (@ByDisgusted) January 16, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.