INDIANAPOLIS – For those of us in Indiana who know Mike Pence, Wednesday’s video timeline was absolutely chilling. It is by chance that he survived the Jan. 6 insurrection, that this didn’t become a mass casualty event.

The mob was just seconds and steps away from the vice president, wife Karen and daughter, security video released during Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial revealed. A bloodthirsty crowd was seeking revenge after being goaded by President Trump into attempting to subvert the congressional certification of the Electoral College vote.

U.S. Rep. Stacey Plaskett, one of the House impeachment managers, stated, “Several insurrectionists described what they had planned to do if they encountered the vice president or other lawmakers. One of them, Dominic Pezzola, or ‘Spaz,’ is a member of the Proud Boys. Pezzola came to the Capitol on Jan. 6 with deadly intentions. He commandeered a Capitol Police shield, smashed a glass window, entered the Capitol  and paved the way for dozens of insurrectionists.

“According to an FBI affidavit submitted to the court, the group that was with him at the sack of the Capitol confirmed  they were out to murder anyone they got their hands on,” Plaskett said. “Here’s what the FBI said: ‘Other members of the group had talked about what they had done that day. Anyone they got their hands on, they would have killed, including Nancy Pelosi, and they would have killed Mike Pence if they had gotten the chance.’ They were talking about assassinating the vice president of the United States. During the course of the attack, the vice president never left the Capitol. He never left the side of his family.”

“They were within 100 feet of where the vice president was sheltering with his family, and they were just feet away from the doors of this chamber where many of you remained at that time,” Plaskett said.

The evacuation took place at 2:26 p.m., 14 minutes after rioters broke into the Capitol. “As Pence was being evacuated, rioters began to spread throughout the Capitol. … And the mob was looking for Vice President Pence because of his patriotism, because the vice president refused to do what the president demanded and overturn the election results,” Plaskett said.

Two minutes before, President Trump, who was  glued to his White House TV, tweeted, “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!”

“Hang Mike Pence! Hang Mike Pence!” the crowd could be heard chanting. Outside the Capitol, where a gallows had been set up, others called out, “Bring out Pence!”

The video showed one of the insurrectionists saying, “Pence lied to us, that total treasonous pig. His name will be mud forever.” They were also hunting Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with some calling, “Where are you, Nancy? We’re looking for you!”

“Again, that was a mob sent by the president of the United States to stop the certification of an election,” Plaskett told the Senate in her conclusion. “President Trump put a target on their backs and his mob broke into the Capitol to hunt them down.”

Fox News host Chris Wallace says there is now “residual bitterness” between Pence and Trump. “That weekend, some members of the Pence team called me up ... to make it clear — this is how angry the Pence team was — that Donald Trump never called Mike Pence when he was in the bunker inside the Capitol, to ask him if he was safe, to inquire about his safety, nor did he ever urge the people who were storming the Capitol to stand down and not to go after Mike Pence.“

Pence’s team said Trump’s failure to call off the mob and ensure the safety of his loyal second-in-command represented the “ultimate betrayal,” Wallace explained. They felt they did “’everything we could for four years to serve you, to stand by you,’” Wallace said. “’You asked us to do something that was a constitutional impossibility, and then you didn’t protect us when the mob came to — literally to try to find him [Pence]’ and to, in the minds of some of them, to execute him.”

Earlier Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin of Virginia said, “Donald Trump surrendered his role as commander-in-chief and became the inciter-in-chief of a dangerous insurrection. He told them to fight like hell and they brought us hell that day.”

“Fight like hell or you won’t have a country anymore,” Trump said at the Ellipse just minutes before. The video shows many in the mob echoing Trump’s challenge to “overturn” the election results.

Raskin said that Trump “watched it like a reality show.” He never called out the National Guard. At 6 p.m., President Trump tweeted, “Remember this day forever.”

Another impeachment manager, U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse of Colorado, traced this mob v. lawmaker showdown to last spring when Trump knew he would be challenged by Democrat Joe Biden. “Let’s start with the Big Lie,” Neguse said. “The president realized really by last spring that he could lose, he might lose the election. So what did he do? He started planting the seeds to get some of his supporters ready by saying that he could only lose the election if it was stolen.”

Other extremely disturbing video showed insurrectionists using bear spray against Capitol Police, as well as American flags on poles. Another officer’s body cam footage showed him pummeled by the mob There was the often seen video of Officer Daniel Hodges being crushed in a Capitol doorway, screaming out in pain. 

“Rioters crushed Officer Hodges,” another impeachment manager, Rep. Eric Swalwell said. “He was wedged in the doorway, blood dripping from his mouth. He was struggling to breathe. All while the insurrectionists hit him.”

Five people were killed in the melee, including Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick, who was bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher. Two other Capitol officers have committed suicide since Jan. 6. More than 140 officers were injured during the confrontation, suffering broken ribs, gouged eyes.

On Tuesday, Raskin made the case that impeaching an ex-president was constitutional. He said that there should be no “January exemption” for a president attempting to steal an election, which he said is what Trump was attempting to do.

Raskin said Trump was responsible for the historic destruction of the Capitol. “You ask what a high crime and misdemeanor is under our Constitution? That’s a high crime and misdemeanor. If that’s not an impeachable offense, then there is no such thing.”

Indiana Sens. Todd Young and Mike Braun, who were mostly silent during the months the “big lie” that laid the groundwork for Jan. 6, both voted in the minority on the question of the constitutionality of the trial.

Braun said in a statement on Tuesday, “As I have stated earlier, the framers of the Constitution never intended for the Senate to hold a trial to remove a former President from an office he no longer holds, which is why I voted against the constitutionality of former president Trump’s impeachment trial.”

Asked for his reaction to Wednesday’s presentation,  Braun told CNN, “Same way I was before. If I think the process is flawed, how do I convict?”

Which leads to the question I and many others have: How could you be a colleague, ally or friend of Mike Pence and his family and not be horrified that they came within minutes of literally being torn apart by a mob? Even more distressing, by a mob unleashed by the president, who might return to office in four years unless he’s disqualified from office this month.

I’ve never seen anything like this in 40 years of reporting. 

The columnist is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana.